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February 18, 2010

Weight Loss Shortcuts: Pills, Suction and Now… Lasers

By Mark Sisson
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Imagine a world where you could stroll into a clinic, spend fifteen minutes reading a magazine while a doctor’s assistant points a bizarre contraption at your backside, and skip out the door, down a few thousand bucks and twenty pounds lighter. Provided you had the money and the extra weight, would you do it? Would you be willing to take the ultimate weight loss shortcut? With less invasiveness than liposuction and fewer complications, it would be tough to say no. Just make sure you save money for new pants and a new belt on the same trip.

Low-invasive weight loss technology is getting there, believe it or not. Zeltiq Aesthetics, out of Pleasanton, CA, and Erchonia Medical, out of Texas, have both developed a fat-zapping cold laser gun which they say can and will realize a realm of weight loss heretofore claimed only by late night fitness infomercial charlatans: spot reduction. Yes – Erchonia’s Zerona anti-fat laser offers targeted weight loss by using low-level beams to cause “fat to seep out of a cell, almost like a balloon being struck by a needle,” into the lymphatic system, where it can be used as energy by the body. (Hmm, fat as an energy source? Now that’s just crazy talk.) Zeltiq’s system utilizes “selective cryolipolysis,” or cold-enabled fat cell homicide. Weight loss doesn’t happen immediately, though. It takes up to six forty-minute sessions to work (for Zerona), and a Zeltiq session kills fat cells over a two-month period. Patients in Zerona’s clinical trial lost an average of 3.5 inches total (give me two months and I’ll get you more than that). Okay, so it’s not quite strip mall insta-fat burn clinic territory just yet, but it appears to work on some level, enough to dethrone the likes of Suzanne Somers’ epic Thigh Master collection or the amazing electric ab stimulator.

I’m undoubtedly an enormous fan of lifehacks – of shortcuts that get you to your health or fitness destination without compromising the integrity of the trip. It’s why I’m partial to sprints (because they work both the anaerobic and aerobic energy pathways in a short amount of time), intense strength training using compound movements (because it promotes the best anabolic hormonal response without requiring hours in the gym), and the Primal Blueprint diet (I hate counting calories and stressing over food) itself. These shortcuts are proven to work without shortcutting the actual results or the many benefits. They’re only shortcuts compared to what Conventional Wisdom is peddling (Chronic Cardio, meticulous calorie counting, etc). My kind of shortcut isn’t really a shortcut; it just describes the simplest, quickest way to achieve a health or fitness goal. Does this laser technology represent a viable shortcut to weight loss?

It’s absolutely a shortcut, technically, if fat loss is your only goal. If it works, the lasers remove fat without resorting to scalpels in your flesh or vacuum cleaners embedded in your adipose tissue. In that respect, it seems to be a far better, safer choice than liposuction.

I’ve got to say, though, this certainly doesn’t qualify as a Primal shortcut. As a guy who’s mostly concerned with health, long-term sustainability, and fat loss as an ulterior benefit, rather than ultimate, expressed goal, I’m a bit dubious of the new technology. Provided they actually work as advertised – and there’s decent evidence that they do – I worry about the implications of a readily available, incredibly effective band-aid that completely covers up the symptoms of a problem. Traditional weight loss confers a number of benefits beyond just visible abs or looser pants. It also results in improved lipid numbers, increased lean mass, healthier organs, increased energy levels and longevity, and improved insulin sensitivity. Will killing your fat cells with a laser confer the same added benefits? Prohibitive pricing aside (and I’m sure this stuff will be pretty damn expensive, at least for the foreseeable future), if fat loss required absolutely no dietary modification and no exercise commitment, it isn’t a stretch to suggest that fat loss via technology won’t be as beneficial as fat loss via the old fashioned way. Tech-assisted weight loss probably wouldn’t be as sustainable, either, simply because bad dietary habits are best curbed by changing lifestyle behaviors. If you can simply kill your fat cells in a clinic without resorting to surgery, what’s stopping some people from eating just as poorly as before?

I wonder how this compares to bariatric surgery, which is usually used on only the most morbidly obese patients. Bariatric surgery isn’t so much about aesthetics so much as it’s about fighting the progression of obesity-related diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc). Most accounts say it works pretty well; there are a relatively high number of complications arising from invasive bariatric surgery, but the ones that work, seem to work quite well. People lose weight and reduce the impact of metabolic syndrome. If Zeltiq and Zerona can manage to do that, I’d be impressed. I doubt they do, though. Here’s why:

Bariatric surgery is still akin to going on a diet – albeit an extreme, forced, calorie-restriction diet. Whether your stomach is stapled or your nutrient absorption is surgically impaired, the end result is similar: dietary modification leading to fat loss and health improvements. The fat loss laser technology doesn’t require dietary modification, but it does burn fat. Where’s the ultimate benefit coming from? Is it from the loss of fat tissue, or is it the change in nutrition? The track record of liposuction – targeted fat loss and spot reduction without the need for changing your diet or exercise habits (sound familiar) – doesn’t bode well for the laser. There is a possibly minor, perhaps major difference between liposuction and Zerona tech, though, that should be noted; whereas liposuction breaks down the fat and physically removes it from the body, Zerona spurs the breakdown of fat cells and allows it to be used as fuel by the body. If the health benefits derive from the internal consumption of body fat stores for energy, Zerona might have an advantage over liposuction.

I’m not against technology. I love the stuff. I’m just immediately suspicious and skeptical of definitive claims by companies promising to use technology to streamline a millions-of-years-old physiological process as basic (and yet incredibly complicated and complex) as adipose tissue mobilization. Could it work? Sure, it could, and I’ll be paying close attention. I’m not going to hold my breath, though, and I’d advise anyone who’s struggling with their weight to do the same.

Remember – there are already proven, time-tested methods to lose weight and ensure you obtain the multitude of accompanying health benefits. It may require some actual commitment, plus the shunning of Neolithic foods like sugar and grains, along with a few bits of regular, intense exercise, but it isn’t hard. And best of all, it’s been working for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s not often that you’re privy to the results of an ongoing case study of billions as it evolves before your eyes.

That’s me, though. What do you guys think? Would you try this technology out if you had the money and a few stubborn inches to lose?

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Ben
Ben
6 years 7 months ago

BOOM! First Comment!

Randy
6 years 7 months ago

lol I love the Boom first comment by Ben…

This is pretty interesting stuff. Technology has always amazed me. But then again… we’re human and we’re over-reliant on it.

Hopefully this gets used correctly instead of making a lot of skinny fat people who have heart attacks left and right.

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 7 months ago

I guess this would be appealing for the “I need to have my stomach stapled in order to learn portion control” crowd…

TomGreenwald
6 years 7 months ago

This is a “great” option for those who just want to look good, not actually fell good. I would put it in the same category with face-lift, breast implants…

There is nothing wrong with it, however it’s not for health reasons.

Allbeef Patty
6 years 7 months ago

If it isn’t invasive, I see nothing wrong with using something like this to help you along. It goes without saying that lifestyle changes are much more beneficial, but the synergy of both?

Meghan
6 years 7 months ago

Thousands of dollars for a 3.5 inch reduction? Jeez. I’ll take the sprints. And the bacon.

Ben K
Ben K
6 years 7 months ago

I’m with you. Bacon and sprints all the way.

Pamela
Pamela
6 years 7 months ago

I guess it would be appealing to those looking for a quick fix or another option. Then again, if you haven’t learned how to control your eating and to exercise effectively, you will only keep shelling out grand after grand to maintain.

For me natural is better.

Organic Gabe
6 years 7 months ago

Me, too, Meghan. I’ll stick to my workouts and good meat 🙂

Aaron Fraser
6 years 7 months ago
Can’t say I’m a fan at all. More money wasted to develop things that will spur people to waste more money – instead of inspiring people to live more simply, eat real food, get out and about, we create high-tech gadgetry that draws like moths to a flame. It does us absolutely no good in the end, simply creates more waste and reinforces a dependence on monetary systems that do not work in our favor. Whereas concepts espoused by the WAPF, Mark here, Richard Nikoley, the Slow/Real Food movements, etc. can bring us closer to independence and self-reliance, along with… Read more »
Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 7 months ago

Thank you! I completely agree. It’s just another wasteful service to perpetuate and worsen the status quo.

Krista
Krista
6 years 7 months ago

a men brotha

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 7 months ago

Hmmm… metabolizing all that fat. I wonder who will be the first CW health expert to say that all that arterycloggingfat that’s suddenly being unleashed on your system from the laser treatment is bad for your heart? Probably nobody. That would hurt profits. But forgoodnesssakes don’t EAT the stuff they say.
These people contradict themselves at every turn.

Mark Tyrrell
6 years 7 months ago

Mm I’m reminded of people who smoke with one hand whilst using their ventiliser with the other.

PXT Cody
6 years 7 months ago
I don’t think the psychological effects of “earning” your health can be over-stated. Hard work, accountability and giving are truly the building blocks of self-esteem. Shortcuts do nothing to build character. But when faced with a workout that you don’t want to do, or perhaps one that is even a little intimidating and you overcome it, or you are tempted to “just eat like everyone else” and go back to grains and sugar but you refuse to give in, choose to ENJOY “primal” foods and reap the rewards of those choices, then you not only grow fitter- you also gain… Read more »
Allbeef Patty
6 years 7 months ago

The psychological effects of realizing some size reduction can’t be understated either.

I think most fat people- and former fat people- would agree with me that slow progress can suck the inspiration right out of you.

CrashDummy
CrashDummy
6 years 7 months ago
I see the point, but unfortunately *most of those who seek “quick fix” weight loss surgeries are those people who have NOT put in the years of hard work to become a healthy individual by adopting a perfect diet and daily exercise routine / lifestyle habits. It’s not an excuse to eat crap and be lazy. This alternative makes perfect sense for a person who has put in the long hard work of a healthly lifestyle, who is physically fit, moderate/low BF%, and is in great health….but wants to change the particular SHAPE of their body. We all have a… Read more »
marcib
marcib
6 years 7 months ago
I’m with you CrashDummy. I’ve been working long & hard on myself via the PB principals but as a hypothyroid patient there is nothing more frustrating that having all my efforts amount to very little in the fat loss dept. So I will probably do this procedure once my doctor (one of the best in NYC) offers it. I know most people refuse to take any responsibility for their health and will flock to this, but that’s not true in my case. Besides there are just some areas of fat that will not go away, no matter how much I… Read more »
tess
tess
6 years 7 months ago

amen, marcib…. i’m hypothyroid, too, AND a middle-aged woman — talk about finding it hard to lose pounds OR inches! and since i’ve been eating low-carb for about six years now, just switching to a purely primal diet didn’t give me that initial loss that’s so encouraging. if i’m lucky, i’m able to lose a pound every couple of weeks. a procedure like this would be awfully tempting, since i CAN keep it off, if i’m able to GET it off in the first place.

Erin
Erin
6 years 7 months ago
Hey ladies! There is a new book I want to bring to your attention, because it might help you finally get your thyroids working properly!! Most hypothyroid conditions are not being adequately treated. If you can’t lose weight, I’d wager you’re not really being properly treated. Dr. Datis Kharrazian ha written a book outlining 6 different subtypes of low thyroid function, how to identify them by blood work patterns and what to do about them. He says very few people actually need thyroid medication and more thyroid patients have autoimmune disease than we realize- very serious stuff! I’ve NEVER come… Read more »
Avery Carpenter
6 years 7 months ago
I second Erin’s recommendation. Dr. Kharrazian’s book is essential for anyone with hypothyroidism because he explains the root cause and how to handle it. His is the most cutting edge protocol for thyroid problems, and it’s the one I use in my practice. What I learned from him goes way beyond what’s taught in school. Next, as far as the Zerona or other lasers for fat loss, I agree with most people here that it can be used as a way to lose fat in lieu of eating well. That said, while I do not own one, I do like… Read more »
Julie
6 years 7 months ago
Dr. C, I would like to know why the body excretes the fat instead of burning it. That it is excreted and not burned is what the company reps say when they are marketing the machines, but they can’t say why. Is it because the fat was not released from the cell using the normal metabolic pathways so that the body then doesn’t recognize it as fuel? And once it is released, where does it go? I assume it is into the lymph system which dumps it back into the blood stream which would send it back into the liver,… Read more »
gina
gina
4 years 3 months ago

I’m grossly overweight, fatigued, but have have no interest in food. I only eat it when I have to (or socially). My diet is 50% fats, 30% carbs, 20% protein. BUT my average calorie intake is 1200.

Unfortunately, I have tachycardia when WALKING…slowly so can’t do any sprints etc.

I can’t exercise more, nor can I eat less. This laser may be the thing I need.

What I am worried about it fat redistribution. I have heard that lipo from the main areas result in fat gain in other areas like the back of the neck!

Christine
Christine
6 years 7 months ago
I am reminded of post on Stephan’s blog http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-iv-changing.html about people who have been obese having trouble with weight set points due to leptin resistance. A woman replied that actually the leptin problems are caused by the fat depleted cells that are still there after the weight loss. It would seem to me that a procedure such as liposuction or these laser technologies might be useful to someone who has made the lifestyle changes and needs to get rid of some of the bazillion shrunken but present fat cells still hanging around. If these vestiges of an unhealthy lifestyle are… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years 7 months ago

Soooo, it kills the cells so fat is released to be used as fuel. What happens if you don’t need to use that fuel? Does it simply get stored again as fat in a new cell? Sounds like this treatment would have to be used with major diet/exercise changes anyway.

Emily
Emily
6 years 7 months ago

What would be wrong with doing both? Quick fix augmented with a change in diet and exercise?

Naomi
6 years 7 months ago

You’re not being entirely clear; does the treatment ‘kill’ fat cells or deplete them?
Having no (or less) fat cells would make you diabetic within a month.

Hugh
6 years 7 months ago

When will people realize that it’s so much easier and less costly and healthier to just not put on the weight in the first place?! And you’re completely right – this procedure doesn’t do much to improve your health or teach you any lessons about your body. Just a band-aid for a huge problem. No pun intended

Allbeef Patty
6 years 7 months ago

When people learn that they shouldn’t have stepped in front of that bus.

michiela
michiela
6 years 6 months ago

It must be so wonderful to be so perfect like you, shame you cant see further than your own little world.

Roland
6 years 7 months ago
1. If the fat is just released and used as fuel, would you have to eat less in order to make up for the sudden influx of your own fat calories? If you’re still in a surplus, won’t that fat just get stored somewhere else? 2. Some people say that our fat cells are holding all sorts of stored toxins (environmental, etc.). If true, how will a massive jolt of these make you feel? 3. That being said, I’m under 9% body fat and still have annoying fat deposits from when I was very fat (7 years ago) while the… Read more »
Elizabeth
6 years 7 months ago
“That being said, I’m under 9% body fat and still have annoying fat deposits from when I was very fat (7 years ago) while the rest of me is as lean as I ever need to be. If this is laser “spot reduction,” that would be tempting…” I have to admit I know a lot of people (including myself) in a similar position: they changed their lifestyle, lost weight, got way healthier but still have a couple fatty areas that aren’t up to par with their fitness standards (or even the rest of their bodies). I can see how a… Read more »
Boon
6 years 7 months ago

So they are losing fat… But without muscle underneath they will still be just as gross looking. Being skinny-fat is not attractive… But if all they are going for is having less inches of gut sticking out of their business suit, and they have a ton of money, and no desire to FEEL healthy, then heck, let them.

J Turnage
J Turnage
6 years 7 months ago

“low-level beams to cause ‘fat to seep out of a cell, almost like a balloon being struck by a needle,’ into the lymphatic system, where it can be used as energy by the body” — If the energy that got converted to fat in the first place wasn’t used to begin with (why it got stored as fat), when it gets re-released into the system by these lasers what will prevent it from just getting re-stored as fat immediately after the “surgery”? Seems like a very quick energy overload that could cause a lot of harm.

Zac
Zac
6 years 7 months ago

Keep in mind adipose tissue doesn’t just surround the belly, butt and thighs – it also surrounds our internal organs. While a device to effectively spot treat visible fat deposits on more superficial areas of the body may offer a cosmetic boost, it won’t do much to help internal organs strangled by fat. These fat deposits carry all the same risks as the more visible forms of obesity and a treatment like this might just make this problem worse.

Kim
Kim
6 years 7 months ago

Visceral fat is worse, actually. Subcutaneous fat is relatively benign.

Suzan
Suzan
6 years 7 months ago

Unless the person who is having it done is willing to change their eating habits forever, it’s just a high tech version of bulimia. Very sad.

Timothy
6 years 7 months ago

Perhaps the problem is that so many people think surgery is the only possible way for them to lose weight. After all, they’ve tried the CW for years and it never worked, so it’s understandable if they conclude that their body composition is inherent flawed and needs surgical correction.

People simply don’t realize how they can change their genetic expression just by tweaking key elements of their environment. I never did before coming here. We can only hope that more people discover the Primal Blueprint, or something like it, before they resort to these dubious surgeries.

Lekki Wood
Lekki Wood
6 years 7 months ago
“That being said, I’m under 9% body fat and still have annoying fat deposits from when I was very fat (7 years ago) while the rest of me is as lean as I ever need to be. If this is laser “spot reduction,” that would be tempting…” I do understand this, but it saddens me that someone is so bothered by a shape that is very healthy (I assume, if you are PB-ing it) and clearly reflects a huge personal achievement (you go!) but just doesn’t fit with what society has decided is in proportion with the shape du jour.… Read more »
Roland
6 years 7 months ago

It would have to be extremely inexpensive and pretty foolproof to actually tempt me. I’m happy with my body and performance, I’m just not thrilled with the “loose skin” caused by residual fat hanging out under there. 🙂

Tom
Tom
6 years 7 months ago

What is interesting if you read the clinical report, is that 2 weeks after the procedure, the test subjects gained back almost 1/3rd of an inch, so unlike a real life-style change, or a surgery, this is at best a very short term fix and probably not sustainable. Furthermore to qualify for the study (according to clinicaltrials.gov) the subjects had to have a BMI of 30! I would have a hard time believing this technology will endure or prove to have any lasting health effect

Greg
Greg
6 years 7 months ago

This just drives me crazy. It is in total alignment with our take no responsibility for thyself world. Have a problem? No problem. Someone else will bail you out. Working hard is by far the better way.

Todd
6 years 7 months ago
What a joke. I know this truly isn’t a joke but damn… what has this world come to? This will only cause more people to become fat. There is only one true way to lose weight… live healthy! There is one true way to cure most of the chronic diseases that are killing millions of people each year… live healthy! It’s that simple 🙂 Mark knows a little bit about living healthy and so do thousands of others! Hooray! Time to go live life instead of sitting in front of the TV for 5 hours because I know that technology… Read more »
Tracey
Tracey
6 years 7 months ago

You should look at some of the comments at realself.com. It has reviews of the Zerona laser. Terribly ineffective, only 23% of people who have done it say that they have any result. I do not think this is the answer. Also, of those that have had results, they were given liquid diets, wraps and all sorts of other things. The cost is just outrageous for such poor results. Liposuction is still the “gold standard” for “spot reduction”. Like it or not.

Tracey
Tracey
6 years 7 months ago

You should look at some of the comments at realself.com. It has reviews of the Zerona laser. Terribly ineffective, only 23% of people who have done it say that they have any result. I do not think this is the answer. Also, of those that have had results, they were given liquid diets, wraps and all sorts of other things. The cost is just outrageous for such poor results. Liposuction is still the “gold standard” for “spot reductio

Julie
Julie
6 years 7 months ago
I am nurse and I work at an anti-aging clinic that my sister (a doctor) owns. We have an aesthetic side (hair removal, peels, skin rejuvenation etc) as well as a bioidentical hormones side. Coincedentally, we have been researching these machines for the past couple of months trying to make the decision on whether to buy one or not. I have done the research on the Zerona, but we are leaning towards another device that uses radio frequency called Lipo Ex. We are a small clinic so a purchase like this (upwards of $100,000) is huge and we have learned… Read more »
wd
wd
6 years 7 months ago

I appreciate the lengthy post, good to have some history. We’re glad to welcome you to the community. Best of luck living life as it should.

Julie
Julie
6 years 7 months ago

Thank you WD. It took a few decades, but I’ve finally found the answer.

Eric
Eric
6 years 7 months ago

Hi Mark and everyone else! I just read your article on weight loss plateaus and saw that many people commented on lossing fat by cutting nuts and berrys…those make us the majority of my snacks! No wonder! Any suggestions on what I can replace them with. What are some snack alternatives??

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Paul
Paul
6 years 7 months ago
I don’t think this kind of substitute can (or should) be a substitute for going primal. However, there are some benefits in specific cases. For example, the fat that accumulates on the stomach below the waist has been found to be exacerbate insulin resistance in Type II diabetes. Removing the fat may provide some assistance in glucose control. Personally, I’ve had to deal with the impact of insulin stimulating drugs on my attempts to go Primal. The laser procedure could be a help in this respect if it reduces the need for drugs like Glyburide. BTW – I’d appreciate any… Read more »
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Melissa
6 years 7 months ago

I am absolutely against it for a quick fix, lazy way out. There are no health benefits to this. As someone who can’t seem to get rid of the belly fat, even when all the rest has gone, not so opposed to it. But I’m not one to spend that kind of money on something like that, so I’ll have to keep trying the old-fashioned way and what could be older than Primal?

Just got my “Primal Blueprint” book on the mail yesterday!

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 7 months ago
I haven’t seen a response yet to Christine’s comment about the bodyfat setpoint thread at Stephan’s blog… basically the idea that people who have been very overweight end up with LOW leptin after they lose weight b/c if they do reach their goal weight, all of those extra fat cells that were created are now emaciated and therefore not able to do THEIR hormonal job, one of which is to signal leptin. Either that or the person is not able to get to their goal weight b/c of all of the extra fat cells that are created. So by getting… Read more »
Julie
Julie
6 years 7 months ago

I haven’t read Stephan’s stuff about extra fat cells and leptin, but I can say that these newer technologies that Mark wrote about (as opposed to liposuction or lipo dissolve) do not destroy the fat cell. They only cause the cell membrane to open a pore and let the fat out. The pore then closes and the fat cell goes on.

(Well, except for the newest one – Zeltiq I think – that does freeze the cells, but I considered it the worst of the choices.)

Christine
Christine
6 years 7 months ago

I think I’m going to ask Stephan directly what he thinks about this.

Julie
6 years 7 months ago

I read Stephan’s stuff on body fat set points this weekend. I’m looking forward to hearing his take on it. Please let us know!

simon fellows
simon fellows
6 years 7 months ago

I’m just immediately suspicious and skeptical of definitive claims by companies promising to use technology to streamline a millions-of-years-old physiological process as basic (and yet incredibly complicated and complex) as adipose tissue mobilization”

Sorry to be this brusque but when you follow their claims with “give me two months and I’ll get you more than that” you seem to fall squarely into the self same trap they do.

pecanmike
6 years 7 months ago

I’ve been following Mark’s Primal lifestyle for less than two months and I am down 20+ lbs and feel better than I ever have. I am 46 and am amazed at my energy and general better outlook on life. So yes, I think he can say he can give us more than that.

Julie
Julie
6 years 7 months ago

I do understand that some clinics get carried away with their advertising. That is unfortunate. These devices are not meant for overall weight loss. They are for sculpting discreet areas. However, these new machines work well enough that a few pounds can be lost. Maybe up to 15 lbs in exceptional cases, but I doubt those exceptional cases were real thin to start with.

thecarla
thecarla
6 years 7 months ago

Ever since I found out that fat cells are not just storage depots but metabolically active I don’t think I could seriously consider something like this. I think our hormones are messed up as they are and we don’t need to exacerbate the situation especially in relation to Leptin. I also think the big problem with most overweight people such as my self is not the fat the but skin that sags after you lose fat. I would like to see someone work on that other than just surgery. I know I am dreaming.

Julie
Julie
6 years 7 months ago

Well, just to once again emphasize, these machines are not a weight loss program. They are for sculpting problem areas. That said, we are interested in the Lipo Ex more than any of the others because it does heat the collagen in the skin during the treatment to a high enough degree that remodeling can occur. That means that it can accomplish some skin tightening. How much each patient achieves depends on various factors such as genetics and nutritional status.

Leathermarshmallow
Leathermarshmallow
6 years 7 months ago

I have a cousin who did the gastric bipass thing. That was several years ago and she lost a lot of weight. Over the years, she has stretched her new stomach back out and is now nearly as large as she started.

Sterling
6 years 7 months ago

Eat fewer calories than you burn and you’ll lose weight — that’s the magic bullet. Eating primally is an added benefit of doing it the right way. The masses want shortcuts.

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
6 years 7 months ago
I see it as a good solution for stubborn fat. For some people, eating fewer calories and living primal doesn’t take care of everything. I’m female and in my 40s and have stubborn lower body fat thanks to oestrogen and I’ll admit to considering lipo enough to go for a consulation with a plastic surgeon. I was put off by the price and didn’t go for the procedure but if I won the lottery you bet I’d do it. I totally agree the people should get their diets and lifestyles in order before restorting to such procedures, but for some,… Read more »
Cloudberry
6 years 7 months ago

I read about this in New Scientist. Very interesting article – the intrepid reporter actually had the laser treatment herself. The thing that I wonder, is, where does the fat go? people who are zapped lose inches, not weight. The link to the article is too long to post but you can find it on the New Scientist site.

Kathy
Kathy
6 years 6 months ago
To me this is yet another get skinny quick scheme. If all of these quick weight loss scheme’s worked then they wouldn’t have so many out their and there would be an all time high of obese people in our country. No, I do not specifically have a weight issue. However because of BP and thyroid issues I’m trying to get down to a better ideal weight and get into shape. I do have a daughter that needs to loose some weight so I’m trying to set and example for her. I also have a MIL that is obese and… Read more »
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nathan
6 years 3 months ago

This will become a nice tax on lazy fat people. They will eat like crap, then go to the doctor and pay for it to come off, then head back out to McDonalds. It is the perfect fat tax.

Me, I will work out for free and eat healthy instead!

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Patrick Kallie
6 years 2 months ago

I think that we tend to make weight loss harder that what it really is and that is to burn more calories than we consume. Quick fixes are OK but they just don’t last.

Most people that go through the “quick fix methods” never seem to keep the weight off long term. The only thing that they actually loose is their hard earned money.

The slow natural weight loss method is so much better!

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