It’s More Than Calories

It’s More Than Calories

Why Inflammatory Foods Can Cause Unsightly Bulge, and Which Foods To Avoid

In Our Previous Blog, We Shared Why CoolSculpting Is The Perfect Addition To A Healthy Diet and Exercise – In Today’s Blog. We’d Love To Shine Some Light On Diet Blunders You Might Be Making…And Not Even Realize it!

Perhaps you’re doing all the “right things” – watching your calorie intake, working out regularly, and avoiding late-night snacks and treats. Yet still, those areas of “jiggle” and hanging fat won’t seem to go away. There may be more to the picture – and your body may be sabotaging your weight loss and wellness efforts because you’re consuming inflammatory foods, putting your body in a state of chronic inflammation.

So, what is inflammation anyway? Think of it as one of your body’s defense systems – when it detects the abnormal  – from allergic reactions to bruises and minor injuries. In a healthy body, the body will allow the inflammation to subside.

With chronic inflammation, however, the foods you consume cause your body to remain in a perpetual “defense,” inflamed state. It’s almost as if, through the foods you down, you are pressing your body’s “red alert” alarm over and over again – and this constant inflammatory response can often lead to gaining weight, low energy, skin conditions, and diseases ranging from obesity and diabetes to cancer.

At a glance, some of the most commonly consumed inflammatory foods, some of which have often been considered “diet-friendly” foods, are working against your efforts to slim down!

  • Sugar – When we overeat sugar, the excess glucose our body can’t process quickly enough can increase inflammation. Sugar also suppresses the effectiveness of our white blood cells’ germ-killing ability, weakening our immune system and making us more susceptible to infectious diseases.
  • Vegetable Oil – Although in recent years, many companies have switched from trans fats to vegetable oil in their food manufacturing processes, the problem with inflammation remains! Vegetable oils contain a substantial amount of inflammatory fat, omega-6, and are low in anti-inflammatory fat, omega-3. Here’s a troubling statistic! Americans are eating so much vegetable oil, that the average person has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of around 20:1 when a healthy ratio should be 1:1.
  • Refined flour – Because they lack the fiber and nutrients of whole grains, your body processes and breaks down refined flour quite rapidly. The faster your body digests glucose, the more your blood sugar levels spike. As blood sugar increases, so does insulin, creating an inflammatory response.
  • Dairy – while some intake of dairy can be beneficial (for example, yogurt has bacteria that can help the gut), dairy can also contain saturated fat which leads to inflammation. The “good bacteria” in yogurt can decrease when consuming full-fat dairy. Between 30 million and 50 million Americans are intolerant to dairy, making it a very common allergen and in turn, a cause of inflammation.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – Often, we reach for a diet soda or “sugar-free” product to cut calories, but find ourselves making a much less healthy choice without even realizing it! Artificial sweeteners disrupt bacteria in our gut and make it difficult for us to properly metabolize glucose – which in turn causes even more inflammation.
  • Conventionally-farmed meat – Conventionally-farmed meat is based on a grain-fed diet. The problem is, this isn’t how poultry, cattle, and pigs evolved, and in turn, to keep their livestock healthy, meat producers are required to give them large doses of antibiotics. These antibiotics keep disease at bay in livestock and cause them to gain weight – which makes us, the end consumer, gain weight as well. The meat we consume today is higher in saturated fat, and residual hormones and antibiotics lead our bodies to remain in a constant state of inflammation. If you’re grilling meat, it also creates carcinogens that are another cause of inflammation. Look to purchase grass-fed beef as a protein source, as these are free from a grain-fed diet and contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
  • Processed meat – An even worse culprit than conventional meat, processed meat contains saturated fat and inflammatory compounds resulting from drying, smoking, and cooking meat at high temperatures. Not to mention artificial colors, preservatives, and flavorings that trigger an inflammatory response.
  • Excess alcohol – While some studies show one drink daily may reduce inflammation, excess alcohol can severely cause inflammation. Breaking down alcohol generates by-products that promote inflammation, damage liver cells, and weaken the body’s immune system. As with many diet tips, the key to alcohol is good sense and moderation!

Remember – it can be difficult to make a 180-degree change in your diet overnight, but even small steps in the right direction can create a big improvement over time. Aim to think twice as you plan your meals for the days ahead, and see what inflammation-causing foods you can begin to cut down, replace, or avoid altogether.

The perfect complement to a healthy diet, CoolSculpting can help you achieve your best body ever by eliminating fat safely, gently, and permanently.

If you’re curious to learn more about how CoolSculpting can help you achieve your best body ever – and want to discover if the treatment is the right fit for you, schedule a complimentary consultation to identify your problem areas and see how Sculptology can help you achieve your ideal shape! Take the first step on your journey by calling or texting us at (925) 329-6333 or emailing

About Sculptology

Sculptology is a distinguished name in medical aesthetics, renowned for its comprehensive approach to non-invasive body contouring. As the #1 CoolSculpting provider in California and one of the top 5 practices in the nation, Sculptology is the go-to destination for those seeking to redefine and sculpt their bodies without the need for invasive procedures.

Founded by certified CoolSculpting master Lauren Morgan and the passionate Dr. Alejandro Arnez, Sculptology operates on honesty, transparency, and commitment to providing the right solution for each client’s aesthetic needs. Every team member, from the front desk to the treatment room, carries forward this dedication to client well-being and satisfaction.

Our practice boasts two welcoming and upscale clinics in Lafayette and Pleasanton, California. Each location emanates a warm, inviting atmosphere, offering cutting-edge technology and experienced staff, putting client safety and comfort at the forefront.

At Sculptology, we don’t just stop at CoolSculpting. We provide an array of innovative services to our clients. This includes Glacial RX, a cutting-edge treatment for skin pigmentation and rejuvenation, Cryotherapy for aiding recovery and improving overall health, Infrared Halo Sauna for detoxification and relaxation, and Red Light Therapy for skin rejuvenation and healing.

But we aren’t all about body aesthetics. At Sculptology, we believe in enriching the body, mind, and soul. We manifest this belief through our initiative, Sculptology Life, dedicated to giving back to our community and promoting a holistic approach to a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sculptology

Q: What is Sculptology?
A: Sculptology is an industry-leading Medical Aesthetic practice specializing in Non-Invasive Body Contouring. They offer a comprehensive approach to aesthetic goals, with services including CoolSculpting, Glacial RX, Cryotherapy, Infrared Halo Sauna, and Red Light Therapy.

Q: Where are Sculptology’s clinics located?
A: Sculptology currently operates two clinics in California, Scultology Lafayette, and Sculptology Pleasanton.

Q: What is the primary treatment that Sculptology offers?
A: Sculptology specializes in CoolSculpting treatments. They are California’s #1 CoolSculpting Provider and a top 5 practice nationwide.

Q: What is Sculptology’s approach to aesthetic treatment?
A: Sculptology believes in a comprehensive, customer-centric approach. They believe in honesty and transparency and ensure clients are recommended the right solution to their aesthetic needs.

Q: Who founded Sculptology?
A: Sculptology was co-founded by Lauren Morgan, a certified CoolSculpting master, and Dr. Alejandro Arnez, a dedicated MD passionate about aesthetics and wellness.

Q: What other services does Sculptology provide?
A: Besides CoolSculpting, Sculptology offers other services like Glacial RX, Cryotherapy, Infrared Halo Sauna, and Red Light Therapy.

Q: What is Sculptology Life?
A: Sculptology Life is an initiative by Sculptology to give back to the community. It promotes a holistic approach to a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle by enriching the body, mind, and soul.

Q: What kind of experience does the Sculptology staff have?
A: Sculptology prides itself on having experienced staff members, including certified CoolSculpting professionals and a Medical Director. All staff have several years of experience in their respective fields.

Q: How does Sculptology ensure the quality of its services?
A: Sculptology focuses on providing a modern upscale environment accessible to everyone, promising transparency, fair practice, and inclusivity.

Q: How can I contact Sculptology or book an appointment?
A: You can contact Sculptology at (925) 329-6333 or book an appointment through their website

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