You’ve lost weight. You look great. But there’s something niggling in the back of your mind.
Fat cells tend to hang around even after they deflate and you lose weight. So is it true that you’re stuck with the fat cells you have? Or is there some way you can lose them? Ok – it’s not gonna be easy… read on.
The good news is no, you’re not stuck: You can shed fat cells, but you won’t find it to be a stroll in the park. When we gain weight as adults, we are mostly enlarging the fat cells we have instead of adding more. This process has a medical name: hypertrophic obesity.
Reversing this type of weight gain requires shrinking the cells, but they don’t put up a huge fight when being shrunk from plus size back to normal. While not exactly easy, this type of weight loss is more doable than reversing the other kind of obesity: hyperplastic.
When we quickly put on a lot of pounds in early childhood, at puberty, and sometimes even as adults, we can grow new fat cells. Known as hyperplastic obesity, it poses a daunting challenge. The only way to be thin if you have an excessive population of fat cells is to shrink them below normal size, which is where things get really tough. The cells begin to produce less leptin, a hormone that signals the brain when you’re full. Hunger feelings increase.
However, if you find the will to lose more than 10 percent of your body weight (more than 20 pounds for someone who weighs 200), eventually you’ll induce a process called apoptosis — or cell death. You could begin trimming your population of fat cells. Once you do, you’ll find that maintaining a lower weight gets easier.
And option 2? Get your wallet out. CoolSculpting treatment is non-invasive way to gently and effectively reduce fat from those stubborn areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, pregnancy pouches, love handles, muffin tops and back fat. CoolSculpting is FDA approved to spot-reduce fat by up to 20% to 40% in these stubborn areas with NO surgery and NO downtime.
How It Works
During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator is applied to the skin surface to deliver precisely controlled cooling method called ‘Cryolipolysis’ to target, cool and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of the body. Basically your fatty area is clamped between two plates.
As they are exposed to sub zero cooling, the fat cells begin a process of natural fat cell removal. The fat cells in the treated area are gradually eliminated through the body’s normal metabolic processes – over a period of 1 to 4 months.
People see results after one treatment however a clinic will advise you on the amount of treatments you require for your best result. Lipo massage is often used to compliment a CoolSculpting treatment.
Unlike traditional invasive surgical procedures, the CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-invasive with no needles and no need for surgical incisions. Therefore, recovery time is not required; you can resume normal activities on the same day as your treatment, including work and exercise. Some patients experience minor redness or bruising or numbness but this is temporary.
However – worth keeping in mind, it is believed that your body will recalibrate itself over a period of fixed weight change of 12 months or so. So if you loose weight and maintain it you body should naturally rebalance fat cell count.