FAT REDUCTION COOL LIPOLYSIS WEIGHT LOSS REMOVE CELLULITE REMOVE FAT CELL AT SALON CLEO 0315002353
Lipolysis we get right down deep under your skin and organise a fat attack wherever you need it.Like Mesotherapy, lipolysis is used to dissolve fat. The main difference is that lipolysis targets deeper layers of the skin. Where mesotherapy improves the surface of the skin, Lipolysis dissolves small to medium unwanted localized areas of fat (stubborn fat) that diet or exercise does not eliminate.
If you are any of the following, you must not be treated with Lipolysis:
5. Recommendation parameters (actual use subject to clinical)
Liver problems, Raynaud's disease, severe cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, cold fiber hypoproteinemia, severe frostbite, severe diabetes and the elderly, young children, frail intolerant of cryotherapy persons
Targeted fat reduction
ILipo can target fat reduction in specific problem area. By positioning the laser pads on the target area such as chin, upper arms, abdomen or thighs fat can be broken down and removed specifically from that area. This is a big advantage over diet and exercise which can reduce overall body fat but not shape individual areas.
Cool Lipolysis is definitely an option for people who don't want to go the liposuction route. A single treatment is usually enough, but a larger area (eg: tummy) might require more treatments.
We highly recommend you come in for a free consultation to ascertain the exact treatment you require.
In this blog I want to attack the issue of lower body fat and address the “what causes cellulite and getting rid of cellulite” issue particularly. I can’t tell you how often I have been asked this question in how many different ways: What causes cellulite? How do you get rid of cellulite? And is it even possible to get rid of cellulite?
Cellulite is really the combination of two factors, fat and collagen fibers. The problem is that this fat and collagen is a little different than the fat and collagen found on a man’s body and even different than fat found on different areas of the female physique.
What causes cellulite?
Compared to men, women have collagen fibers in their lower body that run vertically up and down like a picket fence. This straight up and down distribution of collagen fibers is the major reason females get cellulite and men don’t. (estimates are 90% of women have some degree of cellulite compared to 10% of men). The superficial collagen of men forms more of a mesh. If women have the picket fence distribution of collagen, men have the “chain link fence” distribution. Where women’s fibers run up and down, male fibers crisscross.
This is important because the vertical distribution of female collagen fibers, more prevalent in the female lower body, form a sort of pocket in which fat cells then grow (see the picture above). As the fat cells grow in size they are essentially corralled in and packed tightly together by the collagen fibers. Picture a Nerf football stuffed in between links in the fence. This tight packing of fat inside the “collagen pock
ets” creates the characteristic puckering and dimpling of cellulite. If you are still having trouble picturing this, imagine filling your pockets stuffed full with marbles and rub your hand along the outside. Feel the bumpy protruding marbles? That gives you an idea of what I am talking about.
Get rid of cellulite
The reason some women get cellulite and some women don’t has a ton to do with genetics. Some women have collagen fibers that are more like a man’s (a picket fence & chain link hybrid), and some have extreme versions of the vertical distribution. So, getting rid of cellulite is perfectly possible for some women and far more difficult for others. However, no matter the genetic luck of the draw, the appearance of cellulite can always be improved upon.
There are ways to address the collagen issue, but none of them are very good. I will get to that in a minute. First, lets talk about the other aspect of cellulite, the fat.
Female lower body fat
The fat in the lower body of women is also different than that in men. Women have about 9 times more alpha-adrenergic receptors associated with their fat tissue compared to beta-adrenergic receptors. Adrenergic receptors are bound by the body’s most potent fat burning hormones catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline for our UK peeps and epinephrine and norepinephrine for us here in the US).
When the catecholamines interact with beta-receptors fat is released from fat cells. When they bind to alpha-receptors fat release is drastically slowed. I know I may be losing the non-science folks, so just think B for beta=burn and A for alpha=anti-burn.
You can thank the hormone estrogen for the large amount of alpha-receptors in the lower body of women compared to men. Interestingly, the study of transgender populations, those undergoing hormone therapy to transition from female to more male like, or from male to more female like, has taught us a ton about hormones and their impact on where we store fat. Studies, and working clinically with these populations. give us the first hints of the female hormones and how they impact where fat is stored. Males undergoing heavy estrogen and progesterone therapy will see increased fat deposition around the lower body and yes, increased prevalence of cellulite as well.
What this means for women is that when they lose weight they will often lose weight faster from the upper body (bust, waist and arms) compared to the lower body (hips, thighs and butt). If you or anyone you know has ever gone into one of those marathon running programs and realized they were losing every where except their hips and butt, you know exactly what I am talking about.
A few other things
That is the double whammy of cellulite. Vertical collagen fibers combined with a tendency to store fat primarily in the lower body and a more difficult time losing it is what causes cellulite.
But, that is not the end of the story because another prevalent aspect of the fat tissue in the lower body for women (also in the love handles of men) is the issue of blood flow. This fat is relatively hypoxic, which means it is starving for oxygen. This is because the prevalence of alpha-receptors along with the poor blood vessel perfusion means it does not get as much blood supply. This is in contrast to the very oxygen satisfied belly fat (one of the reason why middle belly fat is often the first thing to go in weight loss programs in both men and women).
The other issue is that there is pretty much a direct association of muscle with its fascial lining (the connective tissue sheath that lines muscle) and the collagen tissue in the skin. This means that well developed muscles have the ability to impact the tightness and tone of the connective tissue in the skin. This is one of the reasons weight lifting tightens the body even when weight is not lost. When you think cellulite exercises, think weight training.
Now the question is how to get rid of cellulite or how to reduce cellulite? Can you “burn cellulite”? Well, sort of. You can certainly burn the fat part of it, but that is only part of the issue, as any skinny girl who has suffered from cellulite will tell you. The collagen issue is much more tricky and controversial.
The truth of the matter is to get rid of cellulite really takes a more nuanced approach than just losing lower body fat. And, I am going to be honest with you, it is not easy. What I can say with certainty is that even those with the worst cellulite can substantially reduce its appearance. I address this in my clinic with what I call the 4 F’s (fat, fibers, flow, and firm)
The first thing to do to get rid of cellulite is to burn the fat. To do this you need to do what you can to block or bypass the alpha-adrenergic receptors in the lower body. This can be done through a very low carb diet along with smart supplementation. Carbohydrates are the major simulators of the hormone insulin and insulin is a promoter of alpha-adrenergic receptor activity. So, lower the carbs and you lower the insulin and suppress the action of the alpha-adrenergic receptors speeding fat release from the lower body. Now the speed of lower body fat release is more in line with the upper body.
At the same time there are two very good supplements I use in my clinic that have mechanisms of action similar to the catecholamines (for the science nerds they turn on the intracellular activity of cyclic AMP, the same thing catecholamines do when they bind the adrenergic receptors). They basically allow us to bypass the adrenergic receptors all together and avoid activating the alpha receptors in the first place. These are green tea extract (I use a 50% EGCG standardized product) and coleus forskohli (standardized to 20% forskolin). You can find the product we use in our clinic HERE. Keep in mind these supplements will do little unless the carbohydrate intake of the diet is low.
There are also a few herb derived compounds that will directly block apha-adrenergic receptors. These include yohimbine, epinephrine and berberine. Again, the major caveat here is: THESE SUPPLEMENTS DO NOT WORK OUTSIDE OF A LOW INSULIN ENVIRONMENT!! I tell you that because insulin is a far more powerful promoter and controller of the adrenergic receptors than any supplement. So to work they need to be taken under a low carb state. We have our own protocol on how we manage this, which I am not going to take the time to go into here. I will give you one clinical pearl though. Keeping total carb intake under 100g for the day and exercising on an empty stomach using a mix of intervals, then weights and then following it with a long slow cardio session, like walking, is what delivers our best results.
Strengthen and remodel the fibers. This is the hardest part and while there are some “low tech” ways to accomplish this, your best results will come with combining the fat burning techniques above with some of the up and coming best cellulite treatments, which attempt to address the collagen issue through deep tissue stimulation including heat, vibration and light therapy. These cellulite treatments attempt to strengthen and reorganize the collagen through what is often referred to as “collagen remodeling”. It is currently debatable as to the impact and effect of these treatments, but for those who want the low-tech version, deep tissue massage and self-deep tissue massage (i.e. foam rolling) are options.
Clinically, some women swear by this, but given they were doing all the other things described here, the fact that I don’t yet have enough clinical evidence to say either way AND the fact that there is no research at all suggesting it works, makes this an unknown. One thing to note, pretty much any massage type treatment will reduce the appearance of cellulite for a short time given the ability of massage to move lymph and increase blood flow. This is constantly reported by the women we see in our clinic. We explain this as a temporary fluid distribution shift out of the subcutaneous tissue. It is believed fluid, like fat, accumulates in the collagen pockets and can increase the dimpling effect. So, removing this fluid may decrease the appearance of dimpling and puckering. Knowing this is comforting to women who want a quick solution to decreasing the appearance of their cellulite. It is a short-lived effect however.
Increase blood flow to the lower body. The major ways to increase blood flow to an area are to move that area and to heat that area. Exercise does both and so does massage. Increased blood flow to an area means increased ability to move released fat to distant sites to be burned. Increased blood flow also is wonderful at removing fluid from the area and essential for the health and strength of the collagen fibers.. We use several techniques here. Hyperthermia (hot baths & sauna) and contrast hydrotherapy (alternating hot and cold applications). Many women are familiar with this through some of the hot and cold dipping pools utilized in many high end spas. These are surprisingly effective, at least in the short term appearance of cellulite. Clinically, these treatments create an almost immediate reduction in the appearance of cellulite likely due to the fluid effect mentioned above.
Firm or build the muscle underneath. The final piece, and probably the second most important, is the building of muscle. Weight training is the only form of exercise capable of strengthening muscle and tightening the connective tissues of the body and the only effective “cellulite exercises”. A lower body resistance-training program that focuses on muscle growth is essential here. Although, in some this requires more than just a blind weight lifting strategy. This is especially true in under-muscled thin women with cellulite. For best results for those with underdeveloped butt muscles, learning to activate the butt muscle appropriately is essential as failing to do so may result in disappointing results from weight training. I would refer those who fall into this category to the strength and conditioning specialist Brett Contreras (known as the glute guy). He specializes in this and is a great educational source on maximizing booty development.
While many people with cellulite feel self-conscious about it, simply having cellulite does not mean a person is overweight. Thin people, fit individuals, and even those who are at a healthy weight (and healthy body fat percentage) can have cellulite, just as some unfit and overweight people may not. Most women (90% or more) will have cellulite to some degree because they store more fat than men and their skin and fat cell structure is slightly different. Whether or not you develop cellulite depends on factors like genetics, gender and hormonal levels.
Because cellulite is fat, losing weight (if you are overweight) may help diminish the appearance of cellulite as the size of your fat cells decrease. There is no way to "spot train" any area of the body. Cardio exercise helps burn fat from all over the body and enhances fat loss. Strength training is important for both weight loss and overall health as well, but simply targeting the areas of your cellulite (hamstrings, buttocks, or abs for example) will not make it go away.
Many people can lose weight and notice an improved appearance in cellulite, but it's no guarantee. Because it's so closely linked to factors that you can't control (genetics, gender, hormones), losing weight may not completely get rid of cellulite.
Creams, treatments, massage techniques, and other cellulite therapies do NOT get rid of cellulite. While some products may help diminish the appearance of it through hydration or firming of the outer layers of the skin, these results are temporary won't result in weight loss.
The authors examined the cellulite changes in female subjects who were enrolled in medically supervised weight loss programs using quantitative surface roughness by three-dimensional laser surface scanning, tissue composition by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, dermal-subcutaneous structure with three-dimensional ultrasound, and tissue elasticity with biomechanical measurements.
The majority of subjects had an improvement in cellulite with weight loss, but the condition worsened for others. Improvement was associated with significant reductions in weight and percentage of thigh fat, significantly higher starting body mass index, and significantly greater initial severity. Cellulite worsened with a significantly smaller starting body mass index, smaller reductions in weight accompanied by no change in percentage of thigh fat, and significant increases in tissue compliance.
Cellulite is a complex condition, and treatments such as weight loss have variable effects on the improvement or worsening of this condition. Additional studies are required to understand how the factors that influence and modulate cellulite severity, particularly those at the level of the subcutaneous tissue septa, can be manipulated to improve this condition. We have all from time to time thought about a body shape miracle cure. A painless, quick fix slimming treatment to remove the rolls of fat on our stomachs, tone up those abs and get rid of the cellulite from our thighs.
The newspapers fill us with stories of celebrities looking wonderful after having the latest treatment or using the new miracle cream.
So is it really possible to melt off fat or massage cellulite away? The bottom line is that adopting healthy eating principles and exercising regularly will give you a healthy toned up body.
However, research and new technology mean that there are products and treatments available that can reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve skin tone, and possibly slim down an inch or two. Here's a review of some of the treatments available.
Advanced Keymodule Endermologie
Essentially an anti-cellulite treatment, Advanced Keymodule Endermologie aims to smooth skin and give a slimmer silhouette.
You are given special clothing to put on – a stretchy, cotton covering. Cylindrical rollers are placed on the skin and rolled gently over the body. The treatment is not painful; the deep strong suction effect feels like a massage.
The idea is the process restructures the skin’s connective tissue, stimulates blood and lymph circulation and facilitates the elimination of toxins. By triggering the body’s normal process for excess fat elimination this process tones, firms and smoothes the skin.
The sessions are not inexpensive – 1 x 30-minute session costs £40 and to maintain results monthly sessions are suggested.
It seems more and more people are trying this treatment and the studies done here show some positive results. Alongside a healthy eating and exercise programme this could be a monthly boost.
Vacunaut – Vacuum Therapy
Developed by an Austrian Sports Scientist, the Vacunaut promises to get rid of your spare tyre. With the claim that Vacunaut is the only therapy system in the world capable of giving a highly effective, almost effortless abdominal muscle workout.
The treatment involves wearing a specially designed suit and walking for 30 minutes on a treadmill. The machine has computer-controlled pumps, which change the pressure within to push blood directly into the fatty tissue around the stomach. This means the blood can absorb fat from the stomach and use it to power muscles. The constant change in pressure ensures that fat-enriched blood is steadily transported to the working muscles over and over again.
People with certain medical conditions (heart, circulatory, metabolic) cannot use this machine.
After a couple of months there is inch loss and improved skin tone. How much inch loss varies but more and more health clubs are now offering this therapy. Many therapists offering the Vacunaut are keen to emphasise it should be used in conjunction with a healthy eating plan.
Ionithermie Body Treatments
Ionithermie claims to be the ideal treatment for those people who have successfully shed the pounds yet still need help to tone and firm.
The treatment includes a body scrub and pressure point massage; the areas to be treated are covered with a thermal clay, essential oils and pads, which emit rhythmic electrical pulses. Ionithermie works the areas through the gentle action of a combination of faradic and galvanic stimuli, using the thermal clay and biologically active natural ingredients.
This treatment, it is claimed, promotes inch loss, reduces fat and firms and tones the body. Many who have used this treatment claim the skin is left feeling toned up and feeling silky and smooth.
Worth a Try?
It seems more and more salons, treatment centres and health and fitness clubs are including these types of products/treatments, and they are becoming more widely used.
Some of the claims for anti-cellulite and fat loss products seem a little outlandish but research and studies are being undertaken to prove or contest the claims.
Many of the treatments can prove expensive but perhaps it is worth looking at the options available to find something that suits you, that will at the very least, give a boost to your weight loss/healthy body goals. The treatments do pamper you, and should give you that feel-good factor to energise and motivate you further.
Weight Loss Resources has a great set of tools to help you slim. You can keep food and exercise diaries, and find out how to achieve the calorie balance that is going to get you to your ideal weight and keep you there. You can I've joined Weight Watchers several times and lost about a stone each time but always got bored then regained the weight and extra on top. I've also tried Atkins, Cabbage Soup diet and loads of different "slimming" pills, none of which worked.
Have you lost weight before and regained the weight?
Loads of times. I have lost maybe a stone then relaxed the diet and gained it back. I have yo-yo dieted so much I had clothes ranging from size 12 to 24 in wardrobe.
On Being Overweight…
I hated shopping for clothes, especially if it was for a night out. I would trail the shops hoping to find something that would make me look slim and, after going home upset because nothing hid my wobbly bits, I would end up staying in.
My daughter is now 5 and I really want the confidence to go swimming with her. I was always self conscious in front of people because I thought that all they saw was a fat, lazy woman.
Finding the Motivation
I turned 30 in February and decided I had to do it now (lose weight) or regret it forever. I always said I wouldn't be fat at 30 and here I was hating what I saw in the mirror. It gave me the kick I needed to start slimming. I want to be a fit and healthy mum to Jessica, to do things with her, to go on rides without worrying if I got stuck. Plus my size 16s were getting so tight and I refused to wear 18s again.
I always bought slimming magazines, normally along with a few bars of chocolate. But one day, not long after getting the internet, I noticed an advertisement for WLR and thought: "Why not?"
How WLR Helps
The fact that I have lost 29 lbs since joining WLR shows how much it has helped me. The food diary shows me where I am going wrong and how to make better choices. Now I input a few items I'm unsure of buying to see how they are nutritionally etc. I can see what I need to increase (normally fibre) and what I eat too much of (chocolate).
The best thing for me though is the message boards and chatroom. I feel I have made some wonderful friends through the site and the support is priceless. My "weak" time is evenings so you can normally find me in the chatroom. It takes my mind off eating, it's hard to eat and type at the same time. It's such a laugh too.
The Best of WLR
I definitely get my money's worth (lol) as I use the whole of the site. I input my food and exercise every day to try and keep me on track. I love the articles on the homepage, especially the Tried & Tasted section. I'm probably more addicted to the message boards than chocolate now. If I'm ever stuck for meal ideas I can ask on the boards or try some of the many recipes on offer.
If possible input your food every day to keep track of calories, protein etc. and be honest. The only person you will cheat is yourself. If you feel alone click on some of the profiles to see others who have the same aims. You may not lose weight every week so remember to keep track of the inches you lose too, and keep the bigger picture in your head.
Any problems from food ideas to what to wear for a night out, just ask on the boards. You feel down someone will give you a virtual hug, lost motivation just say and you'll get a friendly kick up the bum. Everyone is so helpful and friendly.
Exercise will gain you extra calories, help tone and get you so much healthier than dieting alone. So do something, anything, just move.
Everyone gets "blips"; times when you feel you can't do this anymore. I've had lots. Yet here I am 3 months on and a hell of a lot slimmer. If you have a binge, forget about it, move on, tomorrow is another day. Linda13 has been my biggest support. She keeps me going through bad patches, and it's good to know that I have a fellow WLResourcer on hand to give me a slap or a hug when needed. American women spend millions on creams, lotions, and other topical treatments in hopes of getting rid of cellulite from their thighs and butts. We're going to make a wild guess that very few of those products worked as well as you'd hoped. That's because, despite its infamy, cellulite is just plain old fat (albeit dressed up in slightly more offensive attire), and a key to minimizing it is to drop pounds, according to research.
But how you lose weight matters: Crash dieting can actually make cellulite worse by reducing skin's elasticity, making more of those little puckers noticeable. Gradual weight loss (to better preserve skin's suppleness and reduce fat) accompanied by targeted muscle development, which firms and smooths underlying tissue, is the most effective cellulite solution, says Glynis Ablon, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at
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