It’s that time of the year again! We have either managed to gain a few pounds from the year end parties or collected some additional fat along the year. Either way, with the New Year just beginning many of us have set ourselves weight loss and ideal body shape goals.
Firstly you need to know that weight loss can be measured on a weighing scale whereas fat loss can be measured in inches. When fat loss happens it may or may not affect weight loss but you will be able to see the difference visually. In my first post as a columnist on Lipstiq, I would like to share some ideas with you how aesthetic medicine can help to achieve your weight loss and body sculpting goals.
1. Weight Loss
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or HCG is a weight loss hormone suitable for men and women. It is coupled with an easy to follow diet that is designed in such a way that fat lost is permanent and there will be no weight/ fat gain once normal diet is commenced. Patients can expect to safely lose up to 5-7kg with the 23 day program and 12-15kg with the 40 day program.
HCG is a safe, effective way to accelerate and maximise fat loss. In a weight loss protocol, HCG is thought to assist by curbing the appetite by emitting signals to the brain. The brain helps to regulate appetite, recognise satiety and tell the body when to stop eating. HCG works to reset and increase our metabolism so you will notice fat loss even after you have ended the program. Fat loss is seen most prominently in abnormal fat stores in areas commonly challenging to reduce in a normal diet plan. HCG is also one of the only diet plans that effectively reduces fat around the organs also known as visceral fat.
Weight Loss Medications
There are appetite suppressants such as Adipex and Duromine, fat burners and fat binders such as Duromine & Adipex that make you lose appetite and feel full fast, so you eat less. You lose weight because your calorie intake decreases.
To lose even more weight and faster, we can combine appetite suppressants with fat burners & fat binders. The fat burner can help us to burn our stored body fats. The fat burner is made from herbs, so it is perfectly safe with no side effects. It also contains green tea and green coffee extract. These are not the same as the tea and coffee that we drink in a restaurant, but are instead highly purified forms which will help to increase our metabolism level in order to make our body burn more fat.
The fat binder binds 28% of the fats that we consume. The extra fats are excreted out when we pass motion. It is made from a special cactus extract and has no side effects as it is a natural product. The fat binder also contains soluble fiber that expands in our digestive tract and stomach when it comes in contact with the water which we drink. Thus it takes a lot of space in our stomach, making us feel full faster and help control our appetite.
2. Fat Loss & Body Sculpting
Zeltiq CoolSculpting, a non-surgical, non-invasive body sculpting treatment that uses a technology called ‘cryolipolysis’ to eliminate small excess fat deposits on the tummy, love handles, hips, thighs, buttocks or arms. CoolSculpting is a procedure suitable for normal weight or slightly overweight people who have localized areas of fat bulge. Patients can experience a 20 to 25% reduction of their body fat layer with each session. Best results can be seen after 4 months as the body slowly rids itself of the frozen fat cells.
During the procedure, unwanted fat areas are cooled for 1 hour. During this time, fat cell lipids literally freeze to death, causing fat cells to harmlessly break down and reabsorbed by the body. The procedure does not harm other tissues such as skin, muscles or nerves.
Patients need to be aware that there are now many copy-cat CoolSculpting treatments in the market that are being sold at a cheaper price with similar sounding names. However, these counterfeit treatments can cause burns, frost bites and other complications. Always make sure that the center you choose is using the original CoolSculpting machine by Zeltiq and have a look at the machine before you make a decision.
The Ion Magnum treatment is a Non-Surgical and Non-Invasive Muscle Building Weight Loss Program. It uses pacemaker technology to smoothly flex muscles the same way muscles naturally flex during regular exercise. The technology enables the muscle tissue to believe it is performing a muscle toning work out by mimicking brain waves.
You can expect to burn up to 5000 Calories in 1 hour safely and inch loss after each treatment in your targeted area. It is said that 1 session of Ion Magnum is equivalent to 1 month spent in the Gym. In just 3 weeks, the treatment helps increase metabolism, circulation, immunity and energy. This treatment is very popular among the men and women who want to optimize their gym workout, working adults who are just too busy to hit the gym, individuals who cannot exercise due to medical conditions and new mums.
So there you have it, some aesthetic options to keep you on track with your New Year’s Resolution. Remember to consult with a qualified and experienced Aesthetic Physician. Do not be afraid to ask as many questions to clear your doubts although most aesthetic treatments are fairly safe and have minimal side effects.
If you have any questions for me, please feel free to drop a few lines in the comment section below. Happy New Year!