Are you frustrated by the way your upper abdomen extrudes past the top of your pants? Do you feel like you have to sit up straight to minimize the appearance of lower abdominal fat? If you’ve lost belly fat successfully in the past, only to find it crept back up on you, CoolSculpting at Tru-Male Medical in Oak Brook, IL may be appropriate for you. Here’s what you need to know about how to get rid of belly fat for good.
How Can You Get Rid of Belly Fat for Good?
If you find yourself wondering how can you get rid of belly fat for good, you may be surprised to find that the answer is incredibly simple. You need CoolSculpting treatments to eliminate belly fat permanently. This is because CoolSculpting cools the treatment area to roughly 40 degrees. This is warm enough to not damage your skin or muscle tissues and cold enough to freeze your fat cells to death.
What’s exciting about CoolSculpting killing fat cells is that your body stops growing additional fat cells when it reaches maturity. This means that the dead fat cells will never be replaced. Also of note, your lymphatic system notices the dead fat cells in the treatment area, sweeps them up, processes them, and flushes them out. Since your body can’t grow new fat cells to replace the lost ones, these fat cells are gone for good.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Generally, people need between three and four treatment sessions to achieve their desired results. However, you may need one or two treatment sessions if you are already at your goal weight. On the other hand, you may need five or six treatment sessions if you have 11 to 29 pounds to lose to reach your ideal weight.
How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose From CoolSculpting?
Numerous factors affect how much weight you can expect to lose from CoolSculpting. Typically, this treatment will remove around 25% of the stored subcutaneous cells of abdominal fat. If you have 15 pounds of abdominal fat, you can expect to lose around 3.75 pounds of abdominal fat from your first treatment.
Continuing with this hypothetical example, after your first treatment, you would be left with approximately 11.25 pounds of stored belly fat. If you came in for a second treatment, you could expect to lose around a quarter of your remaining belly fat, about 2.81 pounds of abdominal fat. Once your lymphatic system eliminates all of the dead fat cells, you would be left with roughly 8.44 pounds of belly fat.
How Quickly Can I Expect To See My Results?
People often report that they feel slimmer immediately after their CoolSculpting treatment. However, you should understand that it will be a couple of weeks before you start seeing the results of your fat removal session. Also, you should keep in mind while waiting for your ideal results that it usually takes between four and six weeks for your body to eliminate the dead fat cells completely.
You should also keep in mind that CoolSculpting treatment sessions are usually scheduled every eight weeks or so. This allows ample time for your lymphatic system to eliminate all of the fat cells frozen to death during treatment. Therefore, if you need three treatment sessions spaced two months apart, and it takes your body a month to flush out the fat cells after your final treatment, you won’t see your ideal body for five months.
Can I Speed Up My Results?
Yes, you can speed up your final results by giving your lymphatic system a little boost. Specifically, you can have a certified lymphatic masseuse come to your house at your convenience and get a lymphatic massage. If you have some free time, you can also go to a massage parlor and get a lymphatic massage in a peaceful, welcoming environment.
In addition to scheduling a lymphatic massage for yourself, you can also give your lymphatic system a boost by making sure you’re hydrated. Hydration is critical for every system in your body, and your lymphatic system is no exception. Your urine should be pale but not clear. If it is clear, you are overhydrating and need to consume a bit more sodium while consuming a bit less liquid.
What Else Can I Do To See My Final Results Faster?
Another way you can support the efficiency of your lymphatic system is to get plenty of cardiovascular activity. Ideally, you should get at least five 30-minute workouts weekly if you’re already happy with your weight. If you’re still trying to lose weight, you should strive for five hour-long cardio sessions each week. Cardiovascular exercise is a better way to support your lymphatic system than resistance training because the former is far better than the latter at supporting your circulatory system.
This is important because a strong circulatory system goes a long way in supporting your lymphatic system. Great ways to get in some cardio include indoor rowing, cycling, walking, jogging, and running. Swimming is another great cardiovascular activity, but it is not as accessible as the aforementioned exercises. If you’re having trouble forcing yourself to go to a gym, join a local sports club. You are more likely to go and exercise if other people are counting on you.
Can CoolSculpting Be Used To Eliminate Fat From Other Areas?
Yes, this treatment can be used to eliminate excess fat from other regions of your body. However, you need to understand that there is a Goldilocks zone of excess fat. If there is too much or too little excess fat in your areas of concern, the treatment won’t be effective. To find out whether this treatment can be applied to one of your areas of concern, you need to come in for an initial evaluation. Some commonly targeted areas include:
In some cases, men use this treatment to remove unwanted hip and chin fat. Where you target for CoolSculpting treatments depends on your body fat distribution and ideal aesthetic. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will discuss your areas of concern and evaluate them to ensure there is neither too much or too little fat for an effective treatment. We will also discuss your medical history to verify that you are healthy enough for treatment.
Why Can’t I Just Exercise My Belly Fat Away?
Some people enjoy temporary success in belly fat loss by exercising diligently. However, this is no way to lose belly fat for good. If you get enough exercise, you will burn more calories than your body needs to maintain its weight. At first, your body will burn stored glycogen (glucose molecules held together by water molecules) from your muscles and liver. However, that fuel will run out eventually if you continue to operate at a caloric deficit.
When your body runs out of stored carbs to burn for fuel, the next best option is to burn fat for fuel. It is far easier for your body to burn stored fat for fuel rather than protein from your muscles. However, you have to get lucky to burn abdominal fat. Your genes determine where your body stores fat, and your genes determine where your body first burns fat from for fuel.
An Important Note
It is important to note that shrinking belly fat by sticking to a caloric deficit will never be an effective way to get rid of belly fat for good. Your stomach may shrink, and it may shrink for a very long time. However, your body doesn’t flush out any fat cells. It simply burns some of the energy stored in the fat cells, shrinking them. There are still just as many fat cells in your abdomen, and these fat cells can expand again in the future if you eat at a caloric surplus.
Schedule Your Initial Evaluation Today
Are you ready to get rid of belly fat for good? If so, contact us at Tru-Male Medical in Oak Brook, IL today to schedule your initial CoolSculpting consultation with Dr. Robert Marshall, MD. Losing weight may help you improve your appearance temporarily, but a caloric deficit only results in burning stored fat for fuel. The number of subcutaneous abdominal fat cells remains constant. CoolSculpting encourages your body to eliminate fat cells permanently, and you can speed up your final results by drinking more water and walking a little more.