How CoolSculpting Can Help Remove That Extra Fat from the Holidays
Every holiday season, many of us deal with the inner struggle of over-indulging in foods and drinks we know aren’t the healthiest and that lead to weight gain. But there’s a painless, effective way to help get your body back on track after the holidays.
CoolSculpting is the holy grail of eliminating that post-holiday bulge. And when combined with a healthy lifestyle, you can be well on your way to losing those few extra pounds you may have gained during the holiday festivities. Here’s how.
How It Works
CoolSculpting delivers controlled cooling to the surface of the skin. This cooling freezes and breaks down the fat cells just beneath the surface layers of skin without damaging the surrounding tissues.
Why It’s Revolutionary
CoolSculpting is a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment to remove stubborn fat. It doesn’t require anesthesia, surgery, incisions, or downtime. And it offers permanent fat elimination.
What to Expect During and After Treatment
During treatment, your CoolSculpting technician will mark the treatment areas, place a cold gel pad on your skin, followed by the vacuum applicator. You will feel some suction as your skin tissue is drawn into the applicator cup.
Next comes the cooling. And each applicator will stay on the treatment area for 30 to 90 minutes. During this time, you can watch TV, read, work on your tablet, or nap.
After the treatment, the technician will massage your treatment area to improve the effectiveness of the treatment. And you might experience some bruising, cramping, swelling, or tenderness for a few days after treatment.
When to Expect Results
Results usually become noticeable three to four weeks following treatment. And optimal results tend to appear eight to 12 weeks after treatment.
Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are those who eat well, exercise, live a healthy lifestyle, and are within one to 20 pounds of their ideal weight, but who cannot get rid of stubborn fat in certain areas.
What Happens to Your Body During the Holidays?
When over-indulging in food and drink, your body experiences the following:
After eating a large meal, your digestion slows down, taking more time to process the food in your stomach. As a result, you end up feeling gassy and bloated, wanting to undo the top button of your pants.
With all the holiday parties, treats, feasts, and drinks, weight gain is common for many during the holidays. After eating a large amount of food, your body thinks it doesn’t need all that energy for fuel and will start storing more of it as fat.
Some people gain a pound or two, while others gain five pounds or more. And while it may not seem like a lot, this weight can add up over the years if not addressed and can lead to more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
The extra rich and sweet foods consumed over the holidays, combined with alcohol, stress, and poor sleep, can cause a myriad of skin issues. From acne breakouts to dry skin and redness, your skin will also show signs of your holiday indulgences.
Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Over-indulging during the holidays leads to acid reflux and heartburn. The more you eat, the more hydrochloric acid your stomach produces to help digest food, and the more likely some of that acid will make it up to your esophagus, resulting in painful heartburn.
Sluggish, Fatigue, Brain Fog
Large meals are harder to digest. So after eating a large meal, your body will send more blood to your gastrointestinal tract. As a result, there is less blood available to transport oxygen and nutrients to other areas of your body, so you’ll feel tired, sluggish, and lightheaded.
Poor Sleep Pattern
The caloric overindulgence from overeating and drinking plenty of alcohol can make it difficult to sleep. Your pancreas must work overtime to process all the food and alcohol, so you’ll end up tossing and turning all night, waking up with a headache, fatigue, and brain fog.
Why Coolsculpting Is A Great Option After the Holidays
CoolSculpting is a great option for removing extra fat after the holidays because:
You Won’t Compromise Your Results
Any extra weight you may have gained over the holidays would compromise your CoolSculpting results if you had the treatment before the holidays. So, to be safe, it’s best to leave this treatment for after the holidays.
Don’t Have to Rush
Once the busy holiday season is over, you will likely have more free time in your schedule to make CoolSculpting appointments and take care of other non-holiday business without feeling strapped for time.
Feel Less Anxious
During CoolSculpting treatments, you’ll probably be anxious to see results, even though it can take up to four months to start seeing results. So avoid being anxious for results to show and adding more pressure on yourself during the holidays. Wait until after the holidays when life tends to slow down and become less chaotic.
Time to Pamper Yourself
A CoolSculpting treatment is an opportunity to take a break and pamper yourself after the stress, pressure, and rushing around during the holidays. Waiting until after the holidays for this treatment is a great way to reward yourself for getting through the busy holiday season and treat yourself for the New Year.
Other Tips to Help You with the Post-Holiday Bulge
Here are other tips to help you get back on track with your health and lose that holiday weight.
Drinking plenty of water can help flush out the extra toxins from your holiday overindulging, keep you hydrated, and maintain optimal body and skin health.
Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for most days of the week. Regular exercise can help you lose that holiday weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout the year.
Eat balanced meals, full of fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. And don’t skip meals.
Eat healthy portions of food, eating until you are satisfied, not full.
Drink Less Alcohol
Once the holidays are over, why not give your body a break and reduce your alcohol consumption? Alcohol is full of calories that leads to weight gain.
Drinking alcohol also stimulates your desire to eat. And it tends to make people choose unhealthy foods.
Get Lots of Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining your overall health, along with maintaining a healthy weight. So make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, or whatever amount you need to feel well-rested in the morning. And avoid screens, eating large meals, and drinking alcohol before bed so you can sleep well.
Listen to Your Body
When eating, start with smaller portions and mindfully enjoy what’s on your plate. Before going for seconds, wait at least 10 minutes to see if you feel satisfied. Or better yet, skip seconds altogether.
With the festive spirit of the holidays comes many feasts and drinks that may turn into extra weight around the waist. But you don’t have to carry that extra weight around all year.
With a healthy lifestyle and CoolSculpting treatments, you can get rid of that post-holiday bulge for good. And you can make a plan to avoid it altogether next year by making healthy choices when it comes to indulging during the holidays.
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.