So you’ve hopped on the health and fitness train. You have been consistent with a balanced diet and regular exercise routine. You are starting to feel better, and your clothes are feeling looser, but the number on the scale just will not budge. Nothing is more infuriating!
Why is this happening to me? Well, that is because losing weight and losing fat are two separate things!
Losing Weight vs. Losing Fat
When people say they want to lose weight, they often mean they want to lose fat.
Weight loss is the decrease in your overall body weight; this can be a decrease in fat, muscle, or water in the body. A normal bathroom scale only measures changes in any of these elements as a whole, without telling you which one of these you are losing.
Since fat weighs less than muscle or water, fat loss is usually not reflected by a dramatic change on the scale. The reality is that fat loss takes time, and if you notice a lot of weight dropping right away, you are probably losing water or worse muscle!
This is why most fitness trainers prefer other ways of tracking progress, such as physical measurements, visual changes, athletic performance, and body fat percentages.
While you can reduce your overall body fat percentage through a balanced diet and regular exercise, unfortunately, you cannot spot reduce fat. When fat is lost, it is lost system-wide. Everybody retains fat differently, with the mid-section being the most common area for stubborn fat. The unfortunate reality is that the location where fat is retained is based on your genetics.
This is where non-invasive fat reduction treatments come in.
Non-invasive Fat Reduction
Non-invasive fat reduction treatments are non-surgical options that use various modalities, such as radiofrequency, injection, and cooling. While they are not replacements for a healthy lifestyle, they are perfect for those who have been struggling with those stubborn fat pockets or do not want to proceed with a surgical option.
- Injection– Deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring chemical in the body, is injected via a needle into the fat pocket. This injection dissolves the fat cells in the tissue and is only viable for one area – the double chin, this procedure requires at least two treatments, four to six weeks apart.
- Fat freezing– Cooling technology is applied to the specific pockets of stubborn fat. The cold destroys the fat cells, and your body removes them naturally. This method only treats the fat cells that are inside the applicator during the treatment and does not work for everyone.
- Radiofrequency lipolysis– Multiple applicators use radiofrequency to emit heat that is evenly distributed into the fat pocket to destroy fat cells. This method is effective and customized for even fat cell destruction and requires no recovery time.
Non-invasive fat reduction methods do not require anesthesia, have short recovery times, and minimal side effects. However, everyone’s body is different, results vary, and expectations should remain realistic. You may also require more than one treatment to achieve the desired effect.
At Thrive Aesthetics + Wellness, we offer revolutionary, non-surgical radiofrequency fat reduction: thetruSculptiD. If you are looking for a customized fat loss treatment, then contact the Thrive Ladies to book your consultation today!