Most people have one or two areas where fat accumulates. Where you gain weight is mainly due to genetics, so it’s beyond your control. Conversely, where you lose weight is also beyond your control. Simply put, you cannot spot reduce by targeting your ‘problem’ area. When we consume excess calories and are unable to burn them, they begin to accumulate in the body as fat. One such sort of fat accumulation is flanks, which are also known as “spare tires,” “muffin top,” or “love handles.” This is the type of fat that accumulates around your midsection and makes you inhale deeply and hold in your bellyas you struggle to buckle your belt. Flanks usually seem more prominent when a person wears tight clothes.
While anterior and posterior flanks are so easy to gain, getting rid of them is so difficult. There isn’t a type of exercise or food that can miraculously zap the fat in this area. And this can be frustrating for individuals who are trying to have a sculpted waistline. When researching ways to get rid of flanks, people realize that they are usually the last and sometimes the hardest tolose.
What are the Anterior and Posterior Flanks?
The flank is the fleshy part of the side of the body between the rib cage and the hip. To use simple words, flanks are another name for the fatty bulges that extend on the sides of your waistline and hang over the top of the pants. The excess fat accumulates on the sides of our abdominal areas. Flanks develop over time and just sits there. As such, the fat resists the workouts you do, especially if you don’t pinpoint what might have caused them.
Whether you’re comfortable with your flanks or you hate them with all your gut, they can be unsightly. While some people are willing to accommodate their flanks, these bulges are the reason most people are not able to comfortably wear fitting clothes. But another important reason why you need to get rid of your love handles is your health. While anterior and posterior flanks are not dangerous, they may indicate underlying risk factors for chronic illnesses, including stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, heart disease, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, especially of the breast and colon.
Why Does Fat Accumulate Around Your Midsection?
As already mentioned above, the main underlying cause of flanks is fat retention. Typically, fat cells accumulate when you don’t burn as many calories as you’re consuming. When the body takes in too many calories, it converts the excess into fat ready for storage. Over time, the fat cells stick out as they accumulate around your waist. You’re prone to develop flanks over time when you eat foods that are high in sugar, fat, or processed carbs.Sadly, most people choose to indulge in unhealthy food and can go through their days without healthy food choices.
Another thing that may cause flanks is the lack of enough sleep. Getting enough sleep can help alleviate stress. When you’re stressed or too busy, it can be difficult to make healthy food choices. You need to develop a better time management plan that will allow you to get enough sleep and manage stress because high levels of it can contribute to weight gain.
Age is one other thing that causes people to develop flanks. As we grow older, we’re increasing at risk of fat accumulation around the waist because we tend not to engage in physical activities that much. Burning fat requires a person to be active so the body can use excess calories instead of converting them to fat. So if you want to keep anterior and posterior flanks at bay, try to stay as physically active as you can.
Flanks can also be caused by some health conditions. An example if the underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism. Such health issues slow down your metabolism and make it extremely difficult to burn extra calories. You may want to visit your doctor if you’ve tried everything to lose weight and shrink your waistline, but nothing seems to work. An undiagnosed or untreated health condition could be the culprit.
What Are Some of the Ways to Deal with Flanks?
Now that you know what causes your midsection bulge, what are you going to do about it? If only losing weight and targeting a specific problem area was that simple! It could be a great source of motivation. Sadly, it isn’t. You should understand that some of the habits and activities you might be engaging in might be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
When thinking of how to get rid of flanks, most people try a lot of things, and many do more harm than good to their quest for a sculpted waistline. Others try to target their midsection with endless side crunches, sit-ups, and other abdominal workouts that target the obliques. However, this alone is not an effective way to get rid of love handles. You need to make a conscious decision to make exercise, dietary, and lifestyle changes. You also need to be committed because some of the changes will require you to give up most of the pleasuresyou’d normally indulge in.
Here are some natural ways to get rid of flanks/love handles.
- Balance your Cortisol and Insulin Hormones
Your hormones play a major role in determining where fat is stored, regardless of gender. Flanks thrive on two major hormones: cortisol (stress hormone) and insulin (chemical hormone). Insulin gives way for sugar to enter the cells to cater to energy production. When you consume a high content of sugar, the body stores the excess as fat. When your insulin levels are low, the body will use stored fat as the source of energy.
You also need to stress less because stress impacts your physical and mental health, and can even lead to weight gain. When you’re stressed, the hormone cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands. This hormone can cause unwanted side effects like digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, and weight gain (especially around your midsection). Focus on activities like meditation and yoga to reduce and keep cortisol levels at an absolute minimum.
- Move Throughout the Day
Many people work desk jobs and lead sedentary lives that involve sitting for a better part of the day. Sitting for hours on end is not good for your health or your waistline. Lack of activity increases fat retention as you burn fewer calories. Creating a habit of getting up and walking after every 1 hour can make a big difference in weight loss.
- Increase Your Cardio
Aerobic or cardiovascular exercises are activities that increase your heart rate for an extended period of time. They help burn calories and reduce accumulated fat on the body. Cardio workouts like running or spinning,can help slim down flanks. Many individuals feel intimidated by the high-intensity nature of cardio workouts. But you can start small with low-impact aerobic workouts that are beginner-friendly. Going for a walk, swimming, or working on the elliptical machine are great ways to get into a cardio workout routine.
- Add Weight Training
Engaging in physical activity can help you lose your flanks, but lifting weights may be especially beneficial. Weight training or resistance training involved activities that contract your muscles against some form of resistance. This helps burn more calories and build lean muscle. Combining aerobic exercise and weight lifting can be very effective for burning off accumulated belly fat.Also, resistance training boosts your metabolism, which helps you to burn more calories throughout the day.
- Ditch Added Sugar
When you’re trying to lose fat in any area of your body, cleaning up your diet and eating healthy foods should be a priority. Added sugar is found in beverages and foods such as sodas, sports drinks, cookies, and candies. Eating too much added sugar can increase body fat, especially in the tummy area. You should also cut out on sweeteners, such as honey, agave nectar high-fructose corn syrup, and table sugar, which contain simple sugar that can also increase fat on your waistline. Plus, most sugary foods contain few nutrients yet they’re loaded with calories.
- Fill Up on Healthy Fats
Healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, fatty fish, nuts, and seeds can help slim your waistline. Healthy fats are filling, so they curb your hunger and cause you to take in fewer calories. Eating healthyfats instead of less nutrient-dense foods may help lose weight and the accumulated belly fat. This could be as simple as tossing out your vegetable oil and replacing it with olive oil. But be sure to incorporate healthy fats in moderation if you want to shed those pounds.
- Increase Your Protein Intake
Eating protein-rich foods can help you lose weight and reduce belly fat. High-quality protein like nuts, eggs, poultry, legumes, seeds, and meats help keep you feeling full for longer and may even reduce your urge to snack. This can help you lose weight and reduce excess fat, including those unsightly bulges on your waistline.
- Get Your Beauty Sleep
Just like stress, lack of adequate sleep increases cortisol levels, which can then lead to weight gain. Studies have shown that individuals who don’t get enough sleep tend to have more body fat than those who get enough sleep. One study found that people who sleep fewer than five hours per night weigh more and have more belly fat than those who get 7 to 8 hours per night. Lack of sleep has also been linked to the risk of obesity and diabetes. You should aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Hydrate with H2O
Drinking water to stay hydrated is a must for optimal health. While water is nature’s best fluid to drink, many individuals tend to reach for sweetened beverages such as teas, juice, and sports drinks when they feel thirsty. The sugar and calories found in sweetened drinks can cause you to gain fat in your belly area. What’s more, liquid calories don’t make someone feel full in the same manner as solid foods, making it easier for a person to consume an excessive number of calories. Instead of reaching for sugary drinks, hydrate with plain water or unsweetened tea or coffee.
- Eat Whole, Natural Foods
Highly processedfoods like sweets, fried foods, fast foods, and TV dinners increase the risk of obesity along with diseases like heart diseases and diabetes.Adding more whole foods to your diet is a great way to take in ingredients that nourish your body and shrink your waistline. Healthy foods include nuts, seeds, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Instead of choosing premade dishes, prepare meals made with whole foods at home. This can help you lose weight and love handles.
Swapping refined carbohydrates like white rice, pasta, and white bread for nutrient-dense complex carbs like oats, beans, brown rice, and sweet potatoes can help you shed belly fat. Complex carbs may help you eat less as they keep you feeling satisfied throughout the day. This is because complex carbs contain high fiber content and are digested more slowly. And as you gain control of your eating habits, you’ll be able to consume fewer calories and shed pounds from your midsection.
- Try a High-intensity interval training (HIIT) Workout
A HIIT workout might be one of the most effective ways to lose body fat. These workouts involve short cycles of intense aerobic exercises, each followed by a short, sometimes active, recovery period. HIIT gets and keeps your heart rate up until you’re too exhausted to continue. These workouts are quick and effective at reducing body fat than low-intensity, continuous exercise. Studies have found HIIT to be a powerful tool against anterior and posterior flanks.What’s more, HIIT burns more fat in less time, and you can do the workouts at home without having to spend hours at the gym.
By incorporating these lifestyle changes, you may be able to see a significant reduction in your overall weight. In some cases, however, no amount of diet or exercise can be able to get rid of anterior and posterior flankscompletely. This goes for both men and women. If you’ve reached your ideal weight but are still frustrated by those bulges at the top of your pants, you may want to consider CoolSculpting® (clinically known as cryolipolysis).
Getting Rid of Anterior and Posterior Flanks with CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting® is an innovative, non-invasive treatment that utilized a revolutionary technology called Cryolipolysis to actually freeze fat cells to death.CoolSculpting is based on the principle of freezing subcutaneous fat to the extent that the fat cells are completely destroyed by the extremely cold temperatures. Fat cells are not able to tolerate higher temperatures, which allows us to precisely target the cells beneath the skin and trigger their natural death. This process results in fat cells become frozen and actually die. And because fat cells crystallize faster than normal cells, CoolSculpting works without damaging nerves, skin, and the other surrounding tissues.
After treatment, the fat cells shrink and die, and your body will naturally get rid of them, leaving your body with a slimmer and more sculpted appearance. Cleared by the FDA, CoolSculpting does not require anesthesia, incisions, needles, or any downtime to recover from the treatment. Diet and exercise only reduce the size of fat cells, but CoolSculpting gets rid of fat cells, and they’re gone for good after treatment. The fat cells can decrease by about 20%, and the results are enhanced with each additional treatment.
Getting rid of your flanks or love handles can not only make your pants fit better, but it can also boost your confidence in a bathing suit, tight dress, or slim-fit top. You can expect to see results after 4 weeks and will continue to notice improvement over 8 to 12 weeks. Optimum results come in after 6 months. The results are noticeable and lasting, which means that you’ll have a sculpted figure that looks incredible from every angle.
Understanding the CoolSculpting Process
Once a practitioner at Fat Freeze Sculpting confirms that you’re a qualified candidate, you can expect the treatment sessionto take 30-45 minutes per applicator. We can often use two applicators at the same time (DualSculpting) in order to reduce treating time. The procedure is 100% safe, and because it’s non-invasive, you can lie or sit back and read a book, listen to music, or work on your tablet as your practitioner handles everything. Your CoolSculpting treatment begins with the application of gels in the target area. An applicator will be used to deliver cold temperatures of 40C. The applicator has a suction effect so you may feel a pulling sensation when it goes on. You may also feel some mild tugging and pinching. The freezing will cause some numbing in the treatment area after a few minutes. Immediately after treatment, the practitioner will massage the treated areas to breakup frozen, crystallized fat cells. This will help your body begin to metabolize and absorb the destroyed fat cells. Some balm may be applied to the treated area to ease discomfort and numbing after the procedure.
There’s typically no downtime at all after treatment. But you may feel a bit numb and tender for a few days afterward. This, however, will not interfere with your daily activities, and you can exercise as normal. We usually advise our clients to wear loose, comfortable clothing for a week post-procedure.
Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting Anterior and Posterior Flanks
At Fat Freeze Sculpting, our main objective is to ensure that our clients are happy with the results. We don’t want you to undergo the procedure if we don’t believe that you’re a good candidate. We don’t pressure potential clients into booking a CoolSculpting procedure if they won’t be completely satisfied with the change in appearance. When you call us or come to our office, we’ll discuss your goal and do a physical exam to assess whether you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting. We will use only the procedure if we believe that it can actually help you.
The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is a person who maintains a reasonably healthy diet, exercises regularly, is near their goal weight, and intends to continue exercising and eating well in the future. It may sound like an ideal candidate is someone who wouldn’t need CoolSculpting, but the truth is that most individuals have problem areas that don’t respond well to diet and exercise. Our bodies usually don’t get toned the way we’d want them to. Fat cells choose where to collect and live, and you may not be able to completely get rid of them, no matter how many crunches or planks you do.
CoolSculpting can help you achieve what diet and exercise have not been able to by killing some of the fat cells around your waistline. But it’s important to understand that this procedure will not destroy all the fat cells. Some will remain and may be affected if you forego exercise and abandon your diet. You can gain weight in your midsection when the remaining fat cells expand. As such, we encourage our clients to commit to consistent exercise and a healthy diet. Otherwise, the results may become obscured over time.
CoolSculpting does not reduce visceral fat, which is the kind of fat you have around your waistline. This procedure is only effective at reducing subcutaneous fat by targeting fat cells just beneath the skin. What we look for is soft, “pinchable, grabbable” fat around your waistline. If you have too much of the excess fat, we may recommend you continue losing weight before you undergo CoolSculpting. If you’re not close to your goal weight and choose to go through with CoolSculpting anyway, the procedure will still be effective,but your results will not be as noticeable.
CoolSculpting is one of the best body sculpting procedure ever. You get short treatment sessions, no needles or scalpels, no medication, and no downtime. What’s more, the results that you get are permanent. At Fat Freeze Sculpting, our staff members are highly training, certified, and very familiar with the process. They have successfully performed many CoolSculpting procedures and can give you insight into the incredible results they’ve experienced with their clients.
Call us today at 310-919-5296 or contact us online to learn more about CoolSculpting, to schedule a consultation to see whether you qualify as a candidate. We’d love to help you get rid of those flanks and achieve a sculpted appearance!