While both processes may help you look trimmer in some parts of your body, there are big differences between the two and we are going to look into them!
Weight loss, in essence, refers to a decrease in your overall body weight which can be from muscle, water, and fat losses. However, it can be difficult to know what the loss comes from. On the other hand, fat loss refers to the reduction of fat only, that can be a more specific and healthful goal than weight loss.
Depending on your diet, level of physical activities, and other lifestyle choices, when you intensify your exercise routine and adopt a healthier diet, your body will burn more calories than it gets, resulting in a decrease in overall body weight.
While it’s common to hear people track their weight loss progress using a scale – which can be helpful to monitor weight reduction – there’s a big problem in most scales: they don’t differentiate between fat loss and muscle loss. For this reason, tracking only your weight isn’t a reliable way to determine whether you’re losing fat or muscle and in what amounts.
Fat loss refers to “weight loss only from fat”.
Types of Fat: there are different types of fat in the body. We have essential body fat that is essential to the normal structure and optimal function of the body. We also have non-essential body fat, which is fat in the body that we don’t need. Sometimes the fat is also called “storage fat”. Non-essential fat is the fat we want to lose during fat loss.
Growth of Fat Cells: The number of fat cells typically stays fixed in an adult’s body. Our human body creates the amount of fat cells needed during childhood and adolescence, so this number doesn’t vary much in adulthood. People get fat when the fat cells expand, which in turn causes weight gain and larger body size. However, the number of the cells does not increase. Similarly, when you lose weight, fat cells shrink, which causes a reduction of body size. In short, your body will in maintain the amount of fat cells in general even after a weight reduction. Which means even though you will have lost some fat, the actual fat cells are still in place. They can come back if you recede into your old habits. Besides, you cannot selectively choose which parts of fat to go away. Usually when we achieve fat loss through the “traditional ways” such as changing diet and higher workout intensity, the reduction is rather an overall result.
So… Is Weight Loss & Fat Loss The Same Thing?
By now you should know: weight loss ≠ fat loss!
To assess whether a loss is from weight, a general weighing scale will do the job right and easily. Measuring body fat is a bit tricky, but there are advanced weighing scales with anthropometric measurements that tell you more information of your weight composition such as muscle mass and body fat percentage.
Even rigorous diet & exercise can’t get rid of that stubborn fat pocket
Sometimes maintaining a healthy lifestyle by doing regular exercises and eating healthily isn’t sufficient to get us the body shape we want. Some fats just refuse to walk away! Some people may have stubborn pockets of fat that are more difficult to reduce despite diet and exercise. Common areas that are considered hard to have some amount of fat reduced are love handles, bra bulges, stomach fat and chin, etc.
When it comes to medical intervention for fat elimination, Liposuction maybe the first one to come to mind. No doubt it is still an effective and popular surgical option to have large-volume fat elimination. However, like all other plastic surgeries, there are certain risks involved. There are people who are only steps away from their ideal body shape who aren’t willing to go through the risks and would want to explore other options.
Non-invasive Body Sculpting Options
Being one of the first nonsurgical and fat-eliminating treatments, CoolSculpting is FDA-approved that uses controlled cooling (known as cryolipolysis) to permanently freeze fat pockets in 9 areas, such as inner thighs, upper arms, and stomach. A huge bonus of this treatment is that new cells aren’t able to take their place, making it a fairly permanent solution. This noninvasive process naturally eliminates up to 20-25% of treated fat cells over a 1-3 month period.
Vanquish ME is another fat melt treatment that is clinically effective to cause permanent bulk fat disruption up to 29% after a full treatment. It holds currently the largest spot size in industry, allowing treatment of multiple areas in a single session as the treatment panel covers flank to flank. Its selective RF heating technology and contactless design also eliminates the possibilities of suction or freezing numbing discomfort that other procedures may bring.
BodyFX is another solution for fat reduction and body contouring. It delivers radiofrequency energy, improves blood circulation and disperses heat to the deep tissue. Negative pressure is used to attach skin to the RF electrodes to create uniform heating over the dermis and subdermal layers. It also focuses on skin and deep tissue to deliver proven, effective results in reducing the appearance of cellulite and enhances skin tightening.
Whether you go with CoolSculpting, Vanquish ME or BodyFX, either helps sculpt your body in certain targeted areas. You’ll find your clothes fit better, look better, and feel better on you. These treatments are all available at Medical Spa Club to help you achieve your body goals.
For optimal results, it is important to set and discuss your realistic goals and timeline with our doctor during your assessment and follow the customized treatment plan established for you.