Losing Weight vs. Losing Fat

Losing Weight vs. Losing Fat

There is a difference, and your wellness plan may need some tweaking!

Is losing weight, a constant goal you’re working toward? You eat a well-balanced diet and work out more than the recommended daily, but are still not seeing the results you want. Or maybe you’ve lost the weight but still have uncomfortable bulges you can’t seem to shed.

You may find it surprising, but no matter how hard you work at it, there are stubborn fat cells you may never be able to get rid of on your own, regardless of diet and exercise. This is because there is a big difference between losing weight and losing fat.

Fat Cells after Typical Weight Loss

By the time you become a teen, the number of fat cells in your body is typically pretty set. Despite your best efforts, losing weight doesn’t actually decrease the number of fat cells in your body. That said, gaining weight also doesn’t necessarily increase the number of fat cells you have either. Instead, your fat cells change in size. When you gain weight, your fat cells get bigger, and when you lose weight they get smaller.


While you can see you’ve lost weight by taking your measurements, reviewing your body fat composition or taking a look at the scale, losing fat and/or minimizing the size of your fat cells, may not show up as actual weight loss. Since fat is stored directly under the skin, when you lose it you will notice you look and feel leaner. More importantly, when you lose fat you eliminate health hazards, especially fat in areas surrounding important organs which can cause myriad problems ranging from increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

How Does the Body Process Fat

The fat you eat in food goes through your digestive system and travels to the liver. Processed fat is what we use for energy, like walking, talking, lip syncing, etc. Fat we don’t use, gets stored in our fat cells.

When your body doesn’t require fat storage for energy, it goes into overdrive to replace those carbs and repair your muscles. So, just imagine if you don’t have those excess fat cells. Your body will build muscle and slough off the extra weight.

How to Lose Fat Cells for Good

CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing procedure that actually reduces the number of fat cells, in a treated area, by 20-25%. With cooling temperatures, fat cells are naturally eliminated, so they won’t migrate to other areas in your body, they simply die and never return. Those annoying fat bulges, gone! You’ll be left with a more sculpted figure.

The CoolSculpting procedure will NOT help you lose weight. However, if you want to lose unwanted fat and look slimmer in your clothes, then CoolSculpting may be right for you.

In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. In China, the Cryolipolysis system is used for fat layer reduction of the abdomen and flanks. In Taiwan, the CoolSculpting procedure is cleared for the breakdown of fat in the flank (love handle), abdomen, and thigh. Outside the U.S., China and Taiwan, the CoolSculpting procedure for non-invasive fat reduction is available worldwide.

Before and After CoolSculpting

Check out these results from patients who have undergone CoolSculpting treatment, https://dermahealthinstitute.com/treatment/coolsculpting/.

How to Maintain the New You

CoolSculpting is not a diet and exercise program, so you won’t need to change any of your lifestyle habits. Many patients do feel more motivated to take care of themselves after a CoolSculpting treatment. It’s as if they got a new and improved version of themselves and they want to take even better care of it.

Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, feel even more motivated to stay close to their ideal weight. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

Are you a candidate for the CoolSculpting treatment?

Schedule an initial consult with one of our clinicians. Every’body’ is different, and we work with you to develop a customized treatment plan. We will walk you through all your options for your desired results.

Further Reading: 

Why We Decided NOT to Offer CoolSculpting: REVISED!

Body Contouring with Exilis Laser Contouring