How in the world is it possible to freeze fat? Where does the frozen fat go? And if this works, why why why am I exercising?
These are all great questions. Let’s tackle them one by one.
1. Is it possible to freeze fat?
Yes, fat freezing refers to a non-invasive medical procedure called cryolipolysis. This procedure works by targeting localized fat deposits with cold temperatures between +5 to −5°C. When exposed to controlled cooling for a sustained period of time, the fat crystalizes without harming the overlying skin. The first cryolipolysis device to hit the market was CoolSculpting, though there are others quality devices today CoolSculpting has since been FDA-approved and has an EU CE Mark.
2. Where does the fat go?
As the fat cells crystalize, they slowly and gradually die through a process called apoptosis. This is a completely normal process – the average human adult naturally loses between 50 to 70 billion cells every day due to apoptosis. The dead cells are then metabolized, absorbed through the lymphatic system and excreted from the body through the liver. The whole process takes between two to four months.
3. Can I use this instead of exercising?
First, cryolipolysis is meant to treat specific resistant fat deposits on the body; it’s not a weight loss treatment. More importantly, there is more to exercise than just looking good. Exercise is a vital part of overall health; it increases cardio vascular functioning, keeps muscles strong and limber and lowers your risk of heart attack, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. But you know all this, of course.
If you dislike exercise, ask yourself why you do it. Does your answer have to do with how you look? If so, think of exercise as something you do for your health, not your weight. This change in mindset will make exercise more enjoyable going forward.
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