CoolSculpting® has revolutionized the idea and practice of fat removal. This non-surgical procedure is neither invasive nor painful and requires no downtime or restrictive recovery instructions. It’s true: CoolSculpting really does “freeze the fat away” by destroying unwanted fat cells. This is achieved through a scientifically proven process called cryolipolysis. Still, it’s best to look at the procedure as one part of your fitness journey rather than as a final step. To achieve and maintain optimal results, you will have to exercise after CoolSculpting.
Speeding Up Fat Loss
CoolSculpting does not instantly zap fat cells into non-existence. Instead, it effectively kills targeted fat cells. After they die, these cells will be removed through your body’s own natural elimination processes. It can take around 3 weeks to start seeing results from CoolSculpting, and up to 3 or 4 months for the fat to flush out of your system entirely. You can help things along by keeping a strict workout schedule. As a bonus, you’ll be much more likely to eat healthy foods when you’re hitting the gym regularly. Obviously, this goes right in line with your fat reduction efforts.
People who exercise after CoolSculpting tend to see results more quickly than those who don’t.
Maintaining Your Results
If only you could have CoolSculpting and never have to worry about unwanted fat deposits again. While the treated fat really does die and leave your body, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to staying in shape afterward. If you gain weight after having CoolSculpting, you could find yourself back to square one. Staying active and sticking to a fitness regimen will help you keep the fat away long-term. When you hear that a fat removal procedure is “permanent,” keep in mind that your resultsare usually contingent on how well you maintain your new look by working to fight off new fat.
Toning and Tightening Your New Contours
CoolSculpting can be a great way to help get rid of frustrating fat deposits that linger after a weight loss. Of course, major weight loss can also leave you wishing for a more fit, toned silhouette now that your muscles aren’t hidden under excess weight. The best way to tone up lax muscles is to exercise regularly. Resistance training can be particularly beneficial.If you’re unfamiliar with weight training, you may want to consult with a personal trainer or physical therapist to teach you safe techniques.
Being Your Best Self
The benefits of exercisego well beyond complementing your CoolSculpting results:
- Keeping up your gym routine is a great way to stay looking and feeling great throughout your life.
- People who exercise regularly are generally slimmer, happier and more energetic.
- Routine workouts can help stave off memory loss as well as bone and muscle degeneration.
- Committing to fitness also puts you at lower risk for many chronic diseases and debilitating conditions.
Support your great CoolSculpting results on a strong foundation of wellness, and remember that health and beauty always go hand in hand.
Not everyone is a candidate for CoolSculpting, so it’s always good advice to consult with an experienced specialist to figure out if it’s the right move for you. Generally, CoolSculpting works best for people who are at or near their target weight and feel comfortable maintaining it. If you’re not there yet, don’t despair! Once you have achieved your weight loss goals and committed to a healthy lifestyle, CoolSculpting can help smooth and define your body. Keeping up with those gym days after CoolSculpting will be much easier if you were already working out before CoolSculpting.
Dr. Martin E. Everhard, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., enjoyed a distinguished career in general surgery at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Westchester County, New York. After settling in Savannah, Georgia, he retired from general surgery to work with weight loss patients. This new focus on health and body contouring led to him opening CoolBodyContouring in October of 2014, home to Savannah’s premier CoolSculpting® specialists.