Category: Health

Discover The Fat Blasting Trifecta – Why CoolSculpting Is The Perfect Addition To Your Healthy, Holistic Lifestyle

Let’s Be Real: When It Comes To The Battle of The Bulge, There’s No “Magic Pill” – But There Are Solutions To Greatly Enhance Results

If someone were to finally find the “magic bill” to achieve a dream body without the right diet or an active lifestyle, they’d be an overnight billionaire!

With CoolSculpting, there’s no magic…only proven science and results as the result of over 7 million treatments performed worldwide. If you’re within 30 pounds of your goal weight, CoolSculpting is the perfect solution to enhance the results you’ve gotten from eating well and keeping active.

While the old wisdom was that “diet and exercise” was the key to unlocking your best body ever – with advances in science and technology, we know that today, men and women alike are feeling their best in every outfit thanks to the triple-threat approach of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and CoolSculpting. We like to refer to it as the fat-blasting trifecta and nobody is better trained to deliver three-dimensional results than Sculptology.

Together, let’s explore what makes CoolSculpting the perfect partner to your healthy lifestyle – and why it may be the perfect solution for you.

CoolSculpting Picks Up Where The Gym Leaves Off

As discussed in our previous article, all fat is not created equal. Even with a regular workout routine and rigorous effort at the gym – there are just some areas that won’t respond to any amount of cardio or resistance training sets.

Diet and working out have been shown to target visceral fat first – that is, the fat surrounding your body’s organs. Meanwhile, subcutaneous fat (the unsightly “white fat” just under the skin) is much harder to eliminate – and often most resistant to even the best workout program.

CoolSculpting is designed to eliminate subcutaneous fat in stubborn areas such as the abdomen, thighs, flanks (love handles) and submental area (commonly known as a double chin) – safely, gently and permanently. As your body naturally eliminates these fat cells following your CoolSculpting procedure, difficult pockets of fat will be gone once and for all.

You Can’t Spot Reduce With Diet And Exercise – CoolSculpting To The Rescue!

Likewise, how often have you heard someone (perhaps that someone being yourself!) saying they’d love to “Just get rid of that muffin top” or “target and tone those thighs.

Through’ physical activity and a healthy diet, it’s not possible to “spot reduce” fat in any particular area – despite the misleading claims that some fitness machines and fad diets often like to make!

Although diet and exercise offer overall improvement, they still can’t target stubborn areas – which is exactly the advantage provided by CoolSculpting. Thanks to wide array of applicators available, you have the unique ability to target almost any area on the body that’s a cause of stubborn fat for you, including:

  • Thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Bra Fat
  • Back Fat
  • Under the chin
  • Underneath the buttocks

There’s No Motivation Quite Like Results

When you see results from your healthy lifestyle – it’s the perfect and most powerful motivation to forge ahead, and continue making positive changes every day!

While tracking your inch loss and weight on the scale are indeed two big motivating factors, there’s nothing quite like seeing a real difference in the mirror – from noticing an area that no longer sags or bulges, to seeing your “skinny jeans” or favorite outfit fit better than it has in years! Both are achieved every day by patients who use CoolSculpting as the catalyst to a long-term lifestyle change.

CoolSculpting offers you the proven results unavailable from any other non-invasive fat reduction technology, with clinical studies proving fat reduction to last upwards of nine years!

Pairing CoolSculpting alongside your current workout routine and healthy diet are truly the game-changing trifecta to blast stubborn fat once and for all!

Looking To Learn More About CoolSculpting?

If you’re curious to learn more about how CoolSculpting can help you achieve your best body ever – and want to discover if the treatment is the right fit for you, schedule a complimentary consultation to identify your problem areas and see how Sculptology can help you achieve your ideal shape! Take the first step on your journey by calling or texting us at (925) 329-6333 or email us anytime at discover@sculptology.com

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It’s More Than Calories – Why Inflammatory Foods Can Cause Unsightly Bulge, and Which Foods To Avoid

In Our Previous Blog, We Shared Why CoolSculpting Is The Perfect Addition To A Healthy Diet and Exercise – In Today’s Blog, We’d Love To Shine Some Light On Diet Blunders You Might Be Making…And Not Even Realize!

Perhaps you’re doing all the “right things” – watching your calorie intake, working out on a regular basis, and avoiding late-night snacks and treats. Yet still, those areas of “jiggle” and hanging fat just won’t seem to go away. It’s possible there’s more to the picture – and your body may be sabotaging your weight loss and wellness efforts because you’re consuming inflammatory foods; putting your body in a state of chronic inflammation.

So, what is inflammation anyways? Think of it as one of your body’s defense systems – when your body detects the abnormal  – from allergic reactions, to bruises and minor injuries. In a healthy body, the body will allow inflammation to subside

With chronic inflammation however, the foods you consume cause your body to remain in a perpetual “defense”, inflamed state. It’s almost as if, through the foods you consume, you are pressing your body’s “red alert” alarm over and over again – and this constant inflammatory response can often lead to gaining weight, low energy, skin conditions, and diseases ranging from obesity and diabetes to cancer.

At a glance, here are some of the most commonly consumed inflammatory foods, some of which have often been considered as “diet friendly” foods, that are actually working against your efforts to slim down!

  1. Sugar – When we eat too much sugar, the excess glucose our body can’t process quickly enough can increase inflammation. Sugar also suppresses the effectiveness of our white blood cells’ germ-killing ability, weakening our immune system and making us more susceptible to infectious diseases.
  2. Vegetable Oil – Although in recent years, many companies have switched from trans fats to vegetable oil in their food manufacturing processes, the problem with inflammation remains! Vegetable oils contain a substantial amount of the inflammatory fat, omega-6, and are low in the anti-inflammatory fat, omega-3. Here’s a troubling statistic! Americans are eating so much vegetable oil, that the average person has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of around 20:1, when a healthy ratio should be 1:1.
  3. Refined flour – Because they lack the fiber and nutrients of whole grains, your body processes and breaks down refined flour quite rapidly. The faster your body digests glucose, the more your blood sugar levels spike. As blood sugar increases, so does insulin – which creates an inflammatory response in the body.
  4. Dairy – while some intake of dairy can be beneficial (for example, yogurt has bacteria that can help the gut), dairy can also contain saturated fat which leads to inflammation. In fact, the “good bacteria” contained in yogurt can actually be decreased when consuming full-fat dairy. Between 30 million and 50 million Americans are intolerant to dairy, making it a very common allergen and in turn a cause of inflammation.
  5. Artificial Sweeteners – Often, we reach for a diet soda or “sugar free” product to cut calories, but find ourselves making a much less healthy choice without even realizing it! Artificial sweeteners disrupt bacteria in our gut, and make it difficult for us to properly metabolize glucose – which in turn causes even more inflammation.
  6. Conventionally-farmed meat – Conventionally-farmed meat is based on a grain-fed diet. The problem is, this isn’t how poultry, cattle and pigs evolved and in turn to keep their livestock healthy, meat producers are required to give them large doses of antibiotics. These antibiotics keep disease at bay in livestock and cause them to gain weight – which makes us, the end consumer, gain weight as well. The meat we consume today is higher in saturated fat, and due to residual hormones and antibiotics lead our body to remain in a constant state of inflammation. If you’re grilling meat, it also creates carcinogens that are another cause of inflammation. Look to purchase grass-fed beef as a protein source, as these are free from a grain-fed diet and contain anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats.
  7. Processed meat – An even worse culprit than conventional meat, processed meat not only contains saturated fat but inflammatory compounds resulting from the process of drying, smoking and cooking meat at high temperature. Not to mention artificial colors, preservatives, and flavorings that trigger an inflammatory response.
  8. Excess alcohol – While some studies show one drink each day may reduce inflammation, excess alcohol can be a serious cause of inflammation. The process of breaking down alcohol generates by-products that promote inflammation, can damage liver cells, and weaken the body’s immune system. As with many diet tips, the key with alcohol is good sense and moderation!

Remember – it can be difficult to make a 180-degree change in your diet overnight, but even small steps in the right direction can create a big improvement over time. Aim to think twice as you plan your meals for the days ahead, and see what inflammation-causing foods you can begin to cut down, replace, or avoid altogether.

The perfect complement to a healthy diet, CoolSculpting can help you achieve your best body ever by eliminating fat safely, gently, and permanently.

If you’re curious to learn more about how CoolSculpting can help you achieve your best body ever – and want to discover if the treatment is the right fit for you, schedule a complimentary consultation to identify your problem areas and see how Sculptology can help you achieve your ideal shape! Take the first step on your journey by calling or texting us at (925) 329-6333 or emailing discover@sculptology.com

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Not All Fat Is Created Equal

Conquering our stubborn body fat is an ongoing battle many face – but the best way to win any battle is by being informed and prepared.

While it may look similar to the naked eye, not all body fat is created equal. To the human body, there are three different types of fat each of which was a unique function, location, and a different set of risks or benefits.

Together, let’s review the three types of fat found in the human body.

Essential fat, such as that in your bone marrow, central nervous system and in your heart, is critical to basic body functioning

Brown fat is thought to be more like a muscle than like white fat. When activated, brown fat burns white fat.

Brown fat can be your friend! In a 150 pound person, who may have about 20 pounds of fat, there are only 2-3 “ounces” of brown fat, but if maximally stimulated, it can burn up to 500 calories a day, enough to lose about a pound per week.

Its known that cold temperatures stimulates brown fat activation, although it is not currently well understood how to properly and consistently activate these cells.

Storage fat or White fat, however, comes from eating excess calories. Some storage fat is acceptable; it helps regulate your body temperature and cushions your organs. However, too much body fat — especially the kind that makes your waistline expand — can endanger your health – not to mention its unsightly appearance.

White fat has one job, which is to store energy. Small fat cells produce a hormone called adiponectin (say that ten times fast!), which makes the muscle and liver sensitive to insulin, protecting you from diabetes and heart disease. When weight gain is excessive, adiponectin decreases, setting the individual up for the previously mentioned conditions.

Geneticists have located distinct regions in the human genome that are associated with fat distribution, and several genes in particular appear to have a greater influence on waist-to-hip ratio in women than in men.

The Two Types of White Fat

Storage or white fat is subdivided in two different categories.

Visceral fat – Visceral fat or deep fat is located around the inner organs. A big belly is the manifestation of increase visceral fat and consequentially increase risk for cardiovascular disease.

Research suggests that visceral fat releases cytokines that increase inflammation. This inflammatory response is linked to weight gain and may increase subcutaneous fat.

Subcutaneous fat – This fat is located directly under the skin and is use to calculate your total body fat. Subcutaneous fat cells may not be that bad in the thighs and gluteal area; but it’s a different story in the abdomen.

Fat Loss Is Math, Not Magic

Unfortunately, we can’t target from where on our body we want to lose fat. Your body mobilizes excess fat for energy when it senses a calorie deficit.

Your belly fat is some of the first fat to be mobilized, but the longer you stay on a diet and exercise plan, you will notice weight loss in other areas too.

Weight loss is usually proportional, so your body shape will stay intact. If you’re a pear shape, when you lose weight you’ll shrink to a more petite pear, but still have a comparatively larger lower body and smaller shoulders. The less belly fat you have to lose, the sooner your body will dip into subcutaneous stores for loss.

Regardless of the type of fat you want to use, the process is the same. You must reduce your calorie intake below what you burn daily. A deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories is usually recommended as this yields a healthy 1- to 2-pound per week loss. For petite or inactive women, a 1,000-calorie deficit may cut calories too low, so cutting only 250 to 500 calories may be recommended. Losing weight too quickly increases the amount of muscle you lose, instead of fat, and increases the likelihood weight will be regained.

When you reduce calories below what you burn and exercise more, you’ll lose that harmful deep-belly fat first. The metabolically active nature of visceral fat, which is what makes it so threatening in terms of your health, also makes it vulnerable to loss.

Subcutaneous fat is far more stubborn and harder to lose. Subcutaneous fat may not be aesthetically pleasing to you, but it doesn’t carry the same health risks. Your body holds on to it for cases of starvation, emergency or, in the case of women, childbearing. Intramuscular fat may be used for energy; your ability to use this fat more efficiently increases with your fitness level.

CoolSculpting – The Game-Changing Solution

For individuals with moderate amounts of subcutaneous fat, CoolSculpting is a game-changing solution to treat stubborn areas of fat – including the abdomen, flanks, bra roll, arms, submental (double chin) and thighs.

According to a clinical study, “CoolSculpting is a promising procedure for nonsurgical fat reduction and body contouring and presents a compelling alternative to liposuction and other, more invasive methods…. This procedure appears to be safe, with a limited side effect profile, and results in significant fat reduction when used for localized adiposities.”

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