Getting rid of stubborn fat is much more complicated than the weight-loss industry would have us believe. The popular adage of “calories in, calories out” is debunked as modern discoveries show us that when it comes to fat, our body is like a chemistry lab, not a bank account. Numerous factors affect a person’s ability to lose weight, many of which are beyond the individual’s control. These factors include genetics, gender, your microbiome, and more.
Some people may lose an impressive amount of weight through diet and exercise. For others, surgical solutions may be more effective. However, no matter how successful the surgery or diet, unsightly fat deposits can remain. Fortunately, CoolSculpting® can help reduce those stubborn bulges.
What Is Stubborn Fat?
Stubborn fat refers to localized fat deposits that do not respond to even the most dedicated diet and exercise efforts. Most people have a few problem areas of fat that resist diet and exercise, regardless of their lifestyle or activity level, because not all fat is the same.
Only during childhood can the number of fat cells in the body increase. After puberty, the number of fat cells a person has—and the way they are distributed—remains fixed. Hormones, genetics, and gender influence how many fat cells you end up with, and where they are stored. Women’s bodies typically distribute more fat cells to the lower body (hips, thighs, buttocks), whereas men’s bodies are more likely to store excess fat in the belly, flanks, chin, and chest.
Why Do These Fat Deposits Remain?
Fat cells have two types of receptors: Alpha-2 and Beta-2. Certain fat cells have more Alpha-2 receptors than others, and vice versa. Alpha-2 receptors tell cells to store fat for future use, while Beta-2 receptors tell cells to release fat into the bloodstream for immediate energy. When you diet and work out, fat cells with more Beta-2 receptors respond, breaking down and releasing the fat. Fat cells with more Alpha-2 receptors resist diet and exercise, signaling the cells to hold on to the fat.
Areas that accumulate more fat cells also have cells with more Alpha-2 receptors. Biologically, it makes sense. With women, the body distributes more fat cells with Alpha-2 receptors to the hips, thighs, and buttocks, to create an energy reserve in preparation for pregnancy.
Because stubborn fat deposits are composed of cells with more Alpha-2 receptors, it may be impossible to get rid of those bulges, no matter how much you diet or workout. Furthermore, spot reduction is a common myth that is perpetuated by the weight loss industry. Crunches do not target belly fat. Unfortunately, this means that many people with stubborn fat deposits will have them their entire lives.
Fat Reduction with CoolSculpting®
It is crucial to note that fat reduction procedures are not weight-loss solutions. Fat reduction treatments, such as CoolSculpting® or liposuction, are popular solutions to reduce the remaining pads of fat that persist after weight loss. With CoolSculpting®, individuals who lose a lot of weight can contour any remaining “problem areas” for a long-lasting reduction in the abdomen, love handles, double chin, and more. CoolSculpting® uses advanced cooling technology to freeze and kill fat cells. Once frozen, the cells are excreted in the form of waste over 12 to 16 weeks. Once fat cells are removed, they cannot return, leading to long-term fat reduction.
Liposuction is the most popular way to reduce fat, but while it is effective, many men and women want a non-surgical alternative. Fortunately, technological advancements have led to the development of non-invasive fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting®. These treatments safely treat stubborn bulges without scalpels, anesthesia, or lengthy recovery times.
CoolSculpting® is the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment on the market and slims the treatment area by destroying fat cells with extreme cooling. Millions of treatments have been performed worldwide. Rave reviews and impressive before and after images prove that this non-surgical alternative really works.
If you are interested in finding out if CoolSculpting® is right for you, contact Dr. Angela Merlo of Lawrenceville and Princeton, NJ, by calling (609) 375-1858 or by filling out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.