Losing weight is something most people will have struggled with at least once in their life. Come January every year, every gym in the country gets exponentially busier as people look to drop a few pounds, while the start of the summer also prompts people to start diets and exercises as the prospect of the beach looms ever closer.
The actual process of losing weight is a fairly simple concept – you need to take in fewer calories than you burn over a period of time. Your body will drop weight, primarily fat but also some muscle tissue, as your body adjusts to the new amounts of food it has to work with.
Even once you have that process down and the weight is coming off, many people have ‘problem areas’ with stubborn areas of fat that they really struggle to get rid of. Typically this will be the stomach, or for some women it can be the hips and bum if they’re a certain body type.
Unfortunately, it’s typically a case of ‘first on, last off’ when it comes to fat, and the places you put on weight first are likely to be the last to leave. People often think that by training these areas through various core or leg exercises they can spot reduce fat, but unfortunately that’s not the case – the body will drop weight all over, and some people will drop fat more quickly in some places than others.
For those having serious issues with a particular area, there are some procedures out there which can help shift stubborn fat from areas like the stomach. While in the past there were few options beyond invasive surgeries like liposuction, a new technology known as ‘coolsculpting’ has emerged as a revolutionary new way of reducing body fat without the need for surgery.
The process involves freezing the fat cells through a cooling process, after which the body starts to flush them out of the system. It allows specific areas to be targeted, typically the stomach, meaning it’s actually possible to spot reduce fat on these troublesome parts.
It’s offered in the UK by specialists such as the Cosmetic Skin Clinic, and while not everyone will be a suitable candidate for treatment it can be a great way to lose some fat in a fairly short period of time. Patients can expect to see impressive results within 1-3 months, and assuming they stick to a sensible nutrition plan the results will be permanent.
Of course the most effective long term way to lose weight is a healthy diet and regular exercise, it’s good to know there’s a non-invasive solution out there to shift stubborn fat!