What Is CoolSculpting? Is It a Safe Alternative Method for Fat Reduction?
Although the best and safest way to lose weight is a solid regimen of diet and exercise, there are many medical procedures where doctors can directly remove fat from your body. You should really only resort to these if you really can't stick to a diet and exercise plan despite your best efforts. CoolSculpting is one such medical procedure – but is it safe?
CoolSculpting is formally known as cryolipolysis. It's a non-invasive procedure where your own immune system gets rid of your fat. How does it work? Your fat cells are more susceptible to colder temperatures than your skin cells, so your doctor will essentially kill your fat cells by freezing them without harming your surrounding skin cells. Your dead fat cells are then taken away by your immune cells and broken down and processed as cellular waste. After one treatment, about 25 percent of the fat cells at the target site are destroyed.
According to the National Institutes of Health, CoolSculpting is very safe – with common side effects being bruising, numbness, and irritation which all go away within two weeks. It's a non-invasive surgery involving two panels sucking up an area of skin and then cooling that area for about 45 minutes. CoolSculpting is more effective when used on the abdomen, back, and flank. Most patients have an 85 percent satisfaction rating and only report minimal discomfort.
CoolSculpting can help lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-linked diseases. But keep in mind that the long-term effects of CoolSculpting have not been studied. If you really can't lose weight on a diet and exercise program, it's safer to try natural methods that boost your metabolism or help suppress your appetite.
Here are a few supplements you can try:
Turmeric and forskolin protect your heart with similar effects as vigorously exercising. They can also lower your risk for cancer. Forskolin also naturally boosts your metabolism.
Drinking water or diluted vinegar can suppress your appetite. Often your body confuses signals for thirst with hunger.
Eating fibrous foods, like fruits and vegetables, also fills you up and prevents you from overeating. Fiber is indigestible and won't cause you to gain any weight. It also cleans out your digestive track.
Try these alternative methods before asking your doctor about CoolSculpting because its long-term effects aren't known. It's also healthier holistically to go the natural route. Why freeze your fat off and cause harm to your body when you can burn it naturally while enriching your body with nutrients and life-extending antioxidants.