Dr. Joseph M. Perlman Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre

Every year, millions of people try new diets in the hopes that they’ll lose weight, and while they will lose a few pounds, they won’t necessarily be losing fat.

There’s a distinct difference between losing weight and losing fat. Additionally, there are some areas of the body that are prone to holding onto fatty tissue that ordinary exercise and diet are unable to affect.

Losing fat cells can only be addressed in two ways – by shrinking them, or by reducing them.

How Fat Cells Expand

There are a variety of reasons why you may have gained weight and some of them may surprise you. We know that people eat due to stress, boredom, and anxiety. We might also eat when we’re tired or depressed.

You may have developed unhealthy eating habits or you may be unsure about what you need to eat to ensure proper nutrition. You may be eating your meals too fast and you may not even be aware of how much you’re actually consuming.

What you may not know is you could also be addicted to carbohydrates – fat-generating foods that include bread, pasta, and rice, along with snack foods, sweets, and soda. Most people don’t realize that carbohydrates can be addictive and part of a vicious cycle.

Carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels, and the body instantly begins the process of metabolizing the sugar to reduce excess levels in the body. The result is a sugar crash approximately two hours later that makes you want more carbs, thereby perpetuating the cycle.

Unhealthy Fat Deposits

All fat deposits are not created equal. Ordinary fat is known as subcutaneous fat and can typically be tamed with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes.

Visceral fat, on the other hand, is much harder to identify, as it’s stored around your internal organs in your abdominal region, including your liver, pancreas, and intestines. It is the type of fat that increases the waistline.

it is possible to see visceral fat accumulate due to an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. However, it is possible that this type of fat accumulates due to hormone imbalance.

This type of weight gain may also affect your energy, memory, and mood. Being unable to reduce this type of fat can lead to depression that affects your lifestyle and interactions with others.

DNA & Hereditary Fat

Some people seem to retain fat no matter how healthy their diets are or how much exercise they get. Others can eat all the carbohydrates they want, get no exercise, and not gain an ounce.

A study published in 2006 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identified specific genes that contribute to fat production and retention.

The impact of inherited genes affects fat retention to varying degrees, but maybe a significant factor if:

Fat Loss, Not Weight Loss

When people want to lose weight, what they really mean is they want to lose fat.

It is possible to lose weight without losing fat at all. Weight loss lowers your overall body weight, while fat loss reduces the amount of fat your body carries.

For example, one way to lose weight is through dehydration, a technique boxers use to ensure they make their weight class for a boxing match. You will regain your weight as soon as you rehydrate.

A paradox of fat loss, on the other hand, is that if you exercise to lose weight, you most likely will gain muscle. To that effect, it is possible to gain weight, while losing fat because muscle weighs more than fat.

Furthermore, people that live a sedentary lifestyle and don’t get sufficient exercise will lose weight by losing muscle mass. Neither dehydration nor losing muscle mass is healthy nor helpful long-term.

So what is the solution?

Shrink Fat Cells

Weight gain may be the result of medication, a medical condition, or a disease including:

A medical weight loss program address weight loss throughout the entire body and works in shrinking fat cells while improving overall health.

The benefits of a medical weight loss program could possibly include:

Consulting with a medical weight loss doctor is essential to determine what factors are contributing to weight gain. An experienced medical weight loss physician will ensure that your body is functioning properly and an underlying problem isn’t causing your weight gain.

An individualized program of healthy, natural and non-surgical methods will be created to help you reach your weight loss goals and provide management strategies to keep the weight from coming back.

That can include specific vitamin therapy and appetite suppressants, along with nutritional counseling and lifestyle changes.

Certain health-related elements may be directly related to your inability to reduce fat. It’s just one of the reasons why it’s so important to consult with a medical weight loss doctor who can determine any health-related factors that are contributing to weight gain and the inability to lose fat effectively.

Reduce Fat Cells

CoolSculptingis a treatment that reduces fat cells from the body – for a sustained and long-lasting solution.

It is a great option for those who are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight and have been unable to get rid of the fat through diet and exercise because:

CoolSculptingutilizes cryotherapy to freeze and reduces fat cells that are then flushed naturally from your body through its regular elimination processes. You’ll begin to see results approximately three weeks after treatment, with the most obvious effects visible over a 2-4 month period.

CoolSculptingis a safe, FDA-approved method that’s highly effective and produces natural-looking results.

Are You Ready to Lose Fat?

There are many reasons why you may have accumulated unwanted body fat, but you don’t have to live with it. Medical weight loss works by shrinking fat cells and is combined with a comprehensive program for weight management. It’s a natural, long-term solution that supports a healthy lifestyle.

CoolSculptingis a safe solution for addressing areas of your body where resistant fat collects and can’t be removed by traditional methods.

The method you choose to address your fat loss needs will depend on your health, whether you want to lose fat or lose weight, and your fat reduction goals. Both methods are safe, and effective, and can make a major difference in your life.