Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss & Reduction: Which Option Is Right for You?

When it comes to achieving your ideal shape, the line between weight and fat loss can be quite faint. However, there is a clear difference. Fat loss and reduction refer to losing and getting rid of fat alone. Weight loss, on the other hand, refers to losing a combination of fat, muscle and fluids. 

If fitness and health is your main priority, it’s recommended that you focus on fat loss instead of weight loss. When your body is more muscle, you’re automatically stronger, healthier and you look good too. 

The idea of losing fat seems simple enough but actually losing it can be more difficult for some than others. Fortunately, there are treatments available that perfectly complement exercise and eating plans.

Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Options

Non-invasive fat reduction treatments are highly effective but they do require you to be at or close to your ideal weight. Fat reduction treatments are not weight loss solutions. They are designed to contour the most stubborn areas of the body to help you achieve your goals.

Here are the options that are available to you:

  • Fat Freezing

A cryolipolysis fat freezing treatment uses controlled cooling to destroy unwanted fat cells without affecting the skin or the surrounding tissue. Once the cells have been destroyed, the body naturally eliminates them via the lymphatic system. CoolSculpting is one of the most popular systems and can be used to treat a number of areas including the chin, thighs, back and stomach.

  • Ultrasound

Ultrasound is another type of technology that can be used to disrupt and eliminate unwanted pockets of fat. The device is designed to deliver energy into the deep layers of the skin. The heat that is emitted by the applicator destroys the fat cells, which your body eliminates via the lymphatic system. Ultrasound treatments are ideal for fat reduction as well as cellulite and it can tighten the skin at the same time. As an added bonus, it also increases collagen production, which benefits your skin over the long term.

  • Injections

There is also an injectable option for those who want to eliminate small pockets of unwanted fat. At the moment, this treatment can only be used to reduce the appearance of a double chin. The substance that is injected is naturally produced by the body and helps break down fat cells and contour the jawline. 

What about Liposuction?

If you don’t mind the idea of a more invasive procedure and would prefer to have all of the unwanted fat removed at the same time, you may want to consider liposuction instead. However, keep in mind that this procedure does require downtime and is more painful than the options mentioned above. To complete the procedure, a cannula will be inserted into an incision through which your surgeon can extract the unwanted fat. Liposuction can also be used to treat quite a wide variety of areas across the body. 

Choosing a Fat Reduction Procedure

Choosing a treatment to complement your healthy lifestyle changes all depends on what you want to achieve and what you feel comfortable with. Your best option is to contact an expert in the field of fat reduction so that you can get a professional opinion.