It’s not supposed to be easy. The only way to a trimmer belly is thousands of grueling, back-spasming crunches, right? And nothing short of dangerously starving away every once of fat will take away those “love handles,” right?
Not anymore! We’re happy to report that those long-standing fitness rules have been obliterated by a remarkable breakthrough — from Harvard researchers, no less.
The science is called “cryogenic lipolysis,” or cryolipolysis.
Despite the sci-fi-sounding name, body sculpting by freezing your fat is based on a few simple principles: 1) Cryogenic means very low temperatures and lipolysis is the decomposition of fat. 2) The body’s natural response to extreme cold is to restrict circulation to non-essential cells to preserve heat in the essential ones. 3) Fat cells freeze (or crystallize) at a higher temperature than other cells, so they can be frozen without harming other cells. 4) After freezing, fat cells die as they re-warm and are naturally eliminated, forever, by the body.
Because the science is effective and safe when precisely applied, the FDA approved Zeltig’s CoolSculpting® non-invasive, thermoelectric cooling device to reduce fat on your stomach and flanks (“love handles”).
Does Freezing Your Fat Work for Everyone?
Available only by prescription, CoolSculpting is approved for those with a Body Mass Index of up to 30. A BMI of 30 is the bottom of the range for those considered moderately obese, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and 18.5 to 24.9 is normal (healthy). It’s clearly not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Although the frozen fat cells are removed permanently, new fat cells will replace them if your diet and activity levels feed new fat cells.
Freeze Your Fat Body Sculpting Results
A single CoolSculpting treatment, on average, takes about an hour and reduces 20% of fat cells in a targeted area; greater results are experienced by some or with additional treatments. Full benefits are apparent within two months for most. Ask your doctor what sensations to expect during and after the procedure.
Men’s Belly Fat and Testosterone
There are serious health reasons for men to be concerned about belly fat. Excess belly fat can contribute to diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and some cancers, as well as the health and fitness issues that accompany low testosterone. A study by the New England Research Institutes confirmed that a man’s waist circumference is the biggest predictor of low testosterone levels. It’s a vicious circle because body fat contains an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogens, a primary sex hormone in women. Having extra estrogens triggers your body to slow its production of testosterone. And the less testosterone you make, the more belly fat you accumulate.
Freeze Your Fat Versus Other Body Sculpting Techniques
Other methods to remove fat often require downtime to heal. CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day.
Men, Do Not Try Freezing Your Fat at Home!
Put that ice pack back in the freezer! Although the science is straightforward, the CoolSculpting system is a precisely engineered medical device available by prescription only. It utilizes controlled safe temperatures for freezing underlying fat, a warming function that protects the outer layers of skin and a massaging function for circulation.