How Much Weight Will I Lose After CoolSculpting?
The idea that CoolSculpting results in weight loss is a common misperception. After all, if you’re freezing fat away, then surely, you’ll shed a few pounds in the process, right? Wrong.
Destroying fat cells via CoolSculpting is not the same thing as losing weight. By the time you are a teenager, you have the set number of fat cells that you’re going to have in life. Whether you weigh 120 lbs. or 220 lbs., the number of fat cells in your body is the same. As you gain weight (eating more calories than your body uses for energy), your fat cells enlarge. As you lose weight (burning more calories for energy than your body stores in fat cells), they shrink. This is why the key to losing weight is to consume less calories than you burn to lose fat that is stored in fat cells.
Some Fat Cells are Stubborn
Some fat cells are stubborn and frustrating since many of the CoolSculpting clients we see exercise regularly and watch their diets. Despite that, some areas simply don’t respond, and never will. We’re talking about you lower stomach area and flanks (love handles). CoolSculpting is not meant to be a weight loss procedure, but rather a body contouring one.
CoolSculpting freezes fat cells so that they die off and are naturally eliminated by your body. With those fat cells gone, they cannot store fat anymore. And even better, they can’t return. Fat cells weigh barely anything, so when they’re eliminated, you won’t see a difference on the scale. Where you do notice the difference is in your clothes and the shape of your body.
That’s why CoolSculpting works best on people who are close to their weight loss goal, or have achieved their goal, yet have specific areas that simply aren’t and won’t respond to diet and exercise. The number of CoolSculpting treatments it takes to get to your desired shape depends on how many inches you want to lose from an area. The number ranges from one to multiple treatments, with each resulting in a 20-25 percent decrease in the number of fat cells in the treated area.
Diet and Exercise Cannot Be Ignored After CoolSculpting Results
Up to 12 weeks post CoolSculpting procedure, your body is eliminating fat cells. To maintain results, diet and exercise are still necessary. Otherwise, your body will store fat in the fat cells that remain.
Don’t be fooled by the number on the scale. Even though you may weigh the same or more than when you started on your journey to be fit, weight is just a number. Muscle weighs more than fat, so it’s possible to be leaner and weigh more.
Body Contouring Through CoolSculpting at Monterey Laser & Skin Care
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