Every year, we hear “This year I want to lose weight” from family members, friends, and even ourselves. However, ‘losing weight’ is not always accurate, since most of the time we’re actually hoping to lose fat. But is it possible to lose fat effectively?
Conventional methods of weight loss with temperature
It is believed that sauna rooms improve circulation and blood flow, which in turn improves the skin. The room is heated between 65°C to 90°C to do this. Consequently, your body temperature increases, and you sweat profusely. Despite the fact that this may be a relaxing way to unwind, contrary to popular belief, it does not burn calories or fat. Instead, saunas cause you to lose water weight by sweating.
Body wraps work by applying heat cream to the body. The treated area is then wrapped in plastic film to raise your body temperature. In response to rising body temperatures, you will sweat in order to release the heat. Consequently, you may burn a few calories but not enough to lose significant weight. Similar to a sauna, slim wraps reduce your water weight by sweating it out.
Hot yoga is also often referred to as Bikram Yoga. A series of yoga poses are practiced at a temperature of 40°C in a heated room. Yoga at a high intensity can be considered a form of cardio. As a result, it burns calories as well as fat.
Heart rates and blood flow in the room are increased by the heat. However, this does not necessarily result in more fat or calories being burned. It has been shown that hot yoga is effective for losing fat. Despite that, the same applies to all high-intensity exercises that burn calories as well.
The term cryotherapy also refers to cold therapy. Dr Thean from Ensoul Body Medical Clinic shared that cryotherapy involves exposing the entire body to sub-zero temperatures in a cold chamber. The temperature drops to between -100°C and -400°C, lasting for less than five minutes.
Cryotherapy, however, is unlikely to result in significant fat loss due to short bursts of shivering. In general, cryotherapy is more commonly used for muscle recovery than for fat reduction.
Fat Reduction Through Cryolipolysis & Laser Lipolysis
Temperature is an important element of fat loss treatments. By increasing the body temperature, these treatments activate the fat-burning process throughout the body.
The doctors at Ensoul Medical Clinic have suggested it has been shown that non-invasive fat removal treatments target fat cells directly with the use of temperatures.
In just a single session, treatments can kill these cells and flush them from your system permanently. Some non-invasive fat removal techniques that utilize temperature to remove fat are laser lipolysis and cryolipolysis.
Cryolipolysis: How Fat Cells Are Destroyed
While these cold temperatures freeze fat cells, the tissues in the surrounding areas remain intact. The body recognizes the impending death of fat cells when they are frozen. Once that happens, the elimination process begins.
Laser Lipolysis: How Fat Cells Are Destroyed
During the laser-induced heating process, the cells begin to break down. In the coming months, this broken-down fat will be permanently eliminated as waste. Laser lipolysis not only reduces fat but also increases collagen production in the skin, resulting in a tighter skin surface.
For those who cannot seem to lose stubborn fat bulges, CoolSculpting and SculpSure may be of benefit.