From a trainer's perspective, what impact would liposuction have on a training program? I've got a 30-year-old female client who recently had liposuction off of her glutes and thighs (eight months before we started training). The fat has come back. She mentioned to me that she is now thinking of getting some more "sucked off" in eight weeks (we've only worked together a few times), since it has come back unevenly. In addition, I'm working to convince her to invest the money in PT and improve her overall quality of life, rather than pay a doctor $5K and still be unhappy. What are your thoughts?
This is a common situation that some practitioners, including myself, run into on a regular basis. There are many reasons why females accumulate fat in those areas, why humans accumulate fat in general, why the fat comes back after liposuction and why most people and MDs overlook the mental/emotional aspects that are attached to the accumulation of fat in specific areas. I am going to do my best to keep it short and sweet, but that is not in my nature. After reading this, if you have any further questions, feel free to email me.
Why do humans accumulate fat in general? This is quite simple and most of the time overlooked by all. If you look at the diets and lifestyles of many Americans, you will see some common threads that lead to fat accumulation:
- Overabundance of trans fats
- Overabundance of refined/processed foods
- Overabundance of alcohol
- Overabundance of pasteurized milk
- Over exposure to the many faces of stress (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, chemical, EMF, environment, etc.)
This all equates to an overabundance of toxins that Americans are ingesting and being exposed to on a daily basis. When it comes down to it, fat stores toxins. So, the poorer her nutrition and lifestyle habits are, the more fat she is going to accumulate.
There are two easy explanations/examples you can use to get the point across to your client. The first point is to educate her about the Law of Cause and Effect. It is simple: for everything she does in her life, there will be a cause or result. It is not by chance things happen to us; it is by choice! So with the liposuction, she is only treating the result or in this case the symptom of a major issue being smoke screened by the liposuction. Americans today are extremely lazy and unhealthy, not wanting to take responsibility for themselves. This is a prime example. The other example you can use is how they feed and breed cows before they slaughter them. The biggest (fattest) cow wins, and the breeder gets the most money. So what do conventional farmers do? They feed cows everything and anything (feces, dead animals, saw dust, cement dust, blood, plastic, etc). Why do they do this? Because fat stores toxins!
There are many other factors involved in gaining weight/fat when consistently working out. As a C.H.E.K Practitioner, I use many physical, neurological, nutritional, physiological and lifestyle assessments to get to the root of clients' dysfunctions. Here are some areas you should look into yourself, or you could refer your client out in order to keep this dreaded fat away.
- Hormonal imbalances (any drop or increase in estrogen/progesterone will cause a spike in cortisol=fat storing hormone)
- Gut dysfunction (permeability, parasites, H. Pylori, hypochlorhydria to name a few). This leads to increased internal stress, increased cortisol levels, altered gland function and so on. The end result is weight gain.
- Endocrine gland dysfunction (adrenals and thyroid, which correlate with one another). The adrenal glands are used under any time of sympathetic stress. If a person is always stressed (most of the time internally), cortisol will continually be released. Once again, cortisol is a fat-storing hormone.
- Visceral dysfunction (uterus, ovaries, kidney/bladder, liver/GB, etc inflammation or inhibition).
- To take it even to a deeper level, fat in this area correlates with the Root (1st) Chakra or the adrenal glands (stress hormone glands that produce cortisol). This pertains to getting your physical needs met, being safe, secure and grounded and establishing your “I”dentity between the ages 0-7 years old. The real issue could be that she is a child running around in an adult's body, afraid to come out secondary to never getting her needs met. Why is she getting all this cosmetic surgery? Is it to please her inner being? NO! It is to please the EGO, as well as societies idea of what a woman her age should look like. The mental, emotional and spiritual bodies are manifested in the physical body. So if you think along those lines, she needs more than just nutrition and exercise.
What should you do at this point?
- I would find a skilled C.H.E.K Practitioner in your area to team up with in order to educate her. As well, have her purchase Paul Chek’s book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! This includes a lot of the information I've talked about as well as what you need to talk with her about.
- You can work with Dr. Kalish at www.naturalpath.com to do some hormonal and gut testing through Bio Health. This could give you some answers on why she continues to attract unwanted fat. Dysfunctions within the hormonal and endocrine systems are often the reason why people can’t either lose weight or continue to gain no matter what they do.
- Do some research on www.mercola.com and look into holistic ways of eating and living.
- Use Paul’s book, a C.H.E.K Practitioner or Intermediate Metabolic Typing Advisor to find out her Metabolic Type. This will figure out exactly what types of foods and the ratios of foods her body needs to use for energy and not store as fat.
- Teach her or refer her to a Qi Gong or C.H.E.K Practitioner so she can learn ways to detoxify and relieve certain internal stressors that are occuring. This is common, but because humans can’t feel it, they think they are healthy. Stress and increased cortisol levels that never come down cause weight gain.