Fat Reduction v Weight Loss: The Difference Between Losing Weight and Losing Fat
Individuals interested in CoolSculpting commonly conflate weight loss with fat reduction. In reality, losing fat and losing weight are two very different things. While both may transform your physique, the two have very different effects on the fat cells within your body.
How the Body Stores Fat
Fat cells, also known as adipocytes or lipocytes are a specific type of cell that specializes in storing energy. It is helpful to think of a fat cell as a plastic bag where the body stores excess fat. When we eat food, fat that is not immediately used by the body is stored in a fat cell for later use. When we need more energy, the body does not burn off the fat cell. It burns off the fat stored in the fat cell.
By the time we reach our teens, the amount of fat cells we have within our body is fixed. This means your body does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells you have. When you consume more fat than your body needs for energy, fat cells take in more fat, causing them to expand. The more fat that is stored, the larger the fat cell becomes. When you lose weight, your body uses a portion of fat that is stored in fat cells. By storing less fat, the fat cell shrinks.
Fat reduction is completely different from weight loss. During a CoolSculpting treatment, fat cells are exposed to controlled cooling, effectively freezing the adipocyte with harming the surrounding skin or tissue. Freezing a fat cell causes it to rupture. The destroyed fat cells can no longer store fat, triggering the body’s lymphatic system to collect the destroyed fat cells. Eventually the metabolized fat cells are processed out of the body in the form of waste.¹
For individuals with excess body fat, weight loss is an important step in maintaining a healthy life style. However, spot reducing, or targeting a specific fat deposit with diet and exercise is impossible. Therefore, individuals who struggle with stubborn belly fat may or may not reduce the size of their waistline when they lose weight. In addition, many men and women suffer from stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise and cling to problem areas even when the individual loses weight or is naturally skinny.
CoolSculpting does not shrink fat cells. It literally reduces the amount of fat cells within the body. According to scientific research, ¹ CoolSculpting results in a up to 25% reduction in the number of fat cells in the treatment area. This drastic decrease in fat cells results in a visible reduction of fat. Patients may not lose weight but their bodies look skinnier, clothes become loser, and physiques look slimmer and more contoured.
One of the biggest advantages of fat reduction is, unlike weight loss, the fat cannot come back. The body does not create new fat cells, so the frozen fat cells destroyed and excreted from the body cannot grow back. This leads to long-term fat reduction.
Is CoolSculpting Right for Me?
CoolSculpting will not help you lose weight. Instead, the revolutionary fat freezing treatment is ideal for targeting stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise. The most popular treatment areas for the CoolSculpting treatment include belly fat, love handles, thigh fat, upper arm fat, and double chins.
The best way to discover if you are a good candidate for the fat freezing procedure is to contact Santé Medical Aesthetics to schedule a complimentary consultation. Specializing in non-invasive fat reduction, Santé is the premier CoolSculpting Dallas provider and can help you reduce fat so you love the way you look.