Not All Fat Is Created Equal

Not All Fat Is Created Equal

Conquering our stubborn body fat is an ongoing battle many face – but the best way to win any battle is by being informed and prepared.

While it may look similar to the naked eye, not all body fat is created equal. There are three different types of fat in the human body, each of which has a unique function, location, and a different set of risks or benefits.

Together, let’s review the three types of fat found in the human body.

Essential fat, such as that in your bone marrow, central nervous system, and heart, is critical to basic body functioning.

Brown fat is thought to be more like a muscle than white fat. When activated, brown fat burns white fat.

Brown fat can be your friend! In a 150-pound person, who may have about 20 pounds of fat, there are only 2-3 “ounces” of brown fat, but if maximally stimulated, it can burn up to 500 calories a day, enough to lose about a pound per week.

It’s known that cold temperatures stimulate brown fat activation, although it is not currently well understood how to properly and consistently activate these cells.

Storage fat or White fat, however, comes from eating excess calories. Some storage fat is acceptable; it helps regulate your body temperature and cushions your organs. However, too much body fat — especially the kind that makes your waistline expand — can endanger your health – not to mention its unsightly appearance.

White fat has one job, which is to store energy. Small fat cells produce a hormone called adiponectin (say that ten times fast!), which makes the muscle and liver sensitive to insulin, protecting you from diabetes and heart disease. When weight gain is excessive, adiponectin decreases, setting the individual up for the previously mentioned conditions.

Geneticists have located distinct regions in the human genome associated with fat distribution, and several genes, in particular, appear to have a greater influence on the waist-to-hip ratio in women than in men.

The Two Types of White Fat

Storage or white fat is subdivided into two different categories.

Visceral fat – Visceral or deep fat is around the inner organs. A big belly manifests increased visceral fat, consequentially increasing cardiovascular disease risk.

Research suggests that visceral fat releases cytokines that increase inflammation. This inflammatory response is linked to weight gain and may increase subcutaneous fat.

Subcutaneous fat – This fat is located directly under the skin and is used to calculate your total body fat. Subcutaneous fat cells may not be that bad in the thighs and gluteal area, but it’s a different story in the abdomen.

Fat Loss Is Math, Not Magic

Unfortunately, we can’t target from where on our body we want to lose fat. Your body mobilizes excess fat for energy when it senses a calorie deficit.

Your belly fat is some of the first to be mobilized, but the longer you stay on a diet and exercise plan, you will notice weight loss in other areas too.

Weight loss is usually proportional, so your body shape will stay intact. If you’re a pear shape, when you lose weight, you’ll shrink to a more petite pear but still, have a comparatively larger lower body and smaller shoulders. The less belly fat you lose, the sooner your body will dip into subcutaneous stores for loss.

Regardless of the fat type you want, the process is the same. You must reduce your calorie intake below what you burn daily. A deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories is usually recommended, yielding a healthy 1- to 2-pound-per-week loss. A 1,000-calorie deficit may cut calories too low for petite or inactive women, so cutting only 250 to 500 calories may be recommended. Losing weight too quickly increases the amount of muscle you lose instead of fat, and increases the likelihood that weight will be regained.

When you reduce calories below what you burn and exercise more, you’ll first lose that harmful deep-belly fat. The metabolically active nature of visceral fat, which makes it so threatening in terms of your health, also makes it vulnerable to loss.

Subcutaneous fat is far more stubborn and harder to lose. Subcutaneous fat may not be aesthetically pleasing to you, but it doesn’t carry the same health risks. Your body holds on to it for cases of starvation, emergency, or, in the case of women, childbearing. Intramuscular fat may be used for energy; your ability to use this fat more efficiently increases with your fitness level.

CoolSculpting – The Game-Changing Solution

For individuals with moderate amounts of subcutaneous fat, CoolSculpting is a game-changing solution to treat stubborn areas of fat – including the abdomen, flanks, bra roll, arms, submental (double chin), and thighs.

According to a clinical study, “CoolSculpting is a promising procedure for nonsurgical fat reduction and body contouring and presents a compelling alternative to liposuction and other, more invasive methods…. This procedure appears to be safe, with a limited side effect profile, and results in significant fat reduction when used for localized adiposities.”

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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