If you have too much body fat, it is going to be stored somewhere, and you have no control over where that place should be. Some people are frustrated by the size of their arms while others struggle with the accumulation of fat on their belly. Your back or bra area is just another place where fat cells choose to live and congregate.
Bra fat, also known as bra bulge, is as pesky and problematic as the pervasive double chin and inflated love handles. Bra fat is that annoying band of chub around your back muscles and creates a fold of skin above the waistline. Compared to other “problem” areas, it is less demonized because it is behind our field of view and often goes unnoticed. But the fat buildup gradually grows and becomes a major problem when it begins to bulge around our sides and abdominal area. And it knows no boundaries as it starts to spread from the back to the front. Women strap on bras each morning and are forced to reckon with the dreaded fold of skin that peeks out of the bra band. When bra fat is easily noticeable, it becomes a haunting ghost that hangs around and follows us wherever we go. Bras become a nuisance and shirts tighter. Seeing this unsightly folds and bulges can be demoralizing and concerning for individuals with back fat.
Many of our clients complain about their failed attempts to get rid of bra fat. They’re tired of eating healthy and putting in countless hours at the gym only to see the fat hanging around every time they look in the mirror. The inability to target this area and achieve a sculpted appearance causes frustrations and a lower quality of life. While bra fat can be stubborn, it is not an unconquerable menace. CoolSculpting is a procedure that can effectively reduce bra fat, so clothes fit correctly and the bulge is a thing of the past. CoolSculpting will have you happily twirling inform of the mirror in no time. Contact Fat Freeze Sculpting to learn more.
What Causes Bra Fat?
All human beings have a finite amount of fat tissue and adipose cells. When fat is accumulated, these cells expand, and the tissue inflates. But what causes people to have some areas inflating more than others is a combination of muscle atrophy, genetics, and dietary habits.
- Unhealthy Eating Habits
While there’s nothing much we can do about genetics, we can overcome issues caused by poor nutrition. Eating more than you’re actually burning is one of the major causes of bra fat. Most women eat excess carbohydrates and add refined, processed sugars such as bread, potato, rice, pasta, white sugar, etc. Such foods contain a lot of empty calories and including them in your diet increases the level of insulin, which then resorts to storing fat in your bra area pretty easily.
- Lack of Use
One of the reasons for bra fat is that the back muscles are often highly underutilized than the muscles on the front of the body. Even individuals who hit the gym frequently don’t always engage every muscle group. Push-ups and bicep curls are pretty popular, but most people are unfamiliar with renegade rows and delt-flys. Muscles lose strength (atrophy) when they go unused, and this encourages a loss of definition and tone. This leads to those bulges we dread. And the 9-5 desk job can cause improper stress and lasting damage to the spine and the surrounding muscles.
Body fat changes with age. Bra fat might not have been an issue in your 20s, but you just cross the over-forty threshold, and there it is. Women may start noticing changes in the distribution of fat around the chest and abdomen during perimenopause as estrogen levels begin to drop. Aging isn’t always friendly, and some women may accumulate fat throughout their back and chest, which in turn cause bra bulge.
Ways to Lose Bra Fat
Sometimes when identifying the area where fat has accumulated, you want to work it to death hoping that you’ll burn the fat off with each passing rep. Science says that body fat cannot be spot reduced. Subcutaneous fat loss is more generalized, so you’ll lose fat in all areas of the body instead of just the part that you’re training. This means that you cannot work a certain part of your body and expect the bulge to go away. Fat is fat, and it doesn’t matter where it is stored.
You can spot “tone” your bra area by working the back muscle group. But for that to have an impact on your bra fat, you need to address the whole picture, including good strength training, cardio, bra fat exercises, and proper nutrition. In other words, you have to reduce overall body fat to get rid of bra fat.
Get Moving with Cardio
Aerobic or cardiovascular exercises burn calories and help get rid of body fat. Walk, dance, bike, and just get moving. And if you want to get serious with cardio, try mixing steady-state cardio with some type of interval training like Tabata intervals and HIIT workouts. Jogging or walking alone won’t help you lose your bra fat. Varying your cardio exercises to include both lower and higher intensity activity puts you in oxygen debt, and your heart will have to catchup when you’re done. This helps shake up your stubborn metabolism to tap into more fat loss.
Strength Train Your Entire Body
We’ve mentioned about lack of muscle use and the effects of muscle atrophy. You need to work your back muscles to get their strength back. Exercise is the most powerful intervention when it comes to muscle atrophy. To reduce your bra fat and achieve a better shape, consider strength training your entire body but have a special focus on your back.
Muscle tissue is active and can help your body burn more calories. Building more muscle improves your body’s fat-burning processes. And to create a tighter shape and see the changes you’re looking for, you should target those back muscles to firm up the muscle below the skin.
It may not make sense, but it’s far more difficult to lose weight and get rid of that pesky bra fat when your body is inflamed. Things like processed meat and refined flours can lead to chronic inflammation, which increases your weight and causes other problems like drowsiness and poor digestion. Avoiding inflammatory foods and adding berries and antioxidant-rich snacks to your diet and can help you beat inflammation and slim your back. Dark chocolate, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are a great source of flavonoids, which are inflammation-fighting antioxidants.
Get Enough Shut-Eye
Not getting enough sleep can result in lower levels of leptin, which is the hormone that prevents hunger. This is not ideal when you’re trying to trim bra fat. When the levels of leptin drop, your brain receives a message that there’s food shortage and increases your appetite. Increased appetite makes it easy to overindulge in comfort foods. What’s more, getting uninterrupted hours of sleep every night may be more important than the number of hours that you actually get. An inconsistent sleep schedule causes irregular changes in hormones, increasing our appetite and causing the accumulation of bra fat. You could clean up your diet and spend hours in the gym, but skimping on sleep will slow your progress.
Reduce Your Salt Intake
While salt may seem innocent, it can cause rapid weight gain and bloating that will make your bra fat more noticeable. The daily recommended salt intake is 2,300 mg, and taking more than that can increase cravings and cause you to eat more than is necessary. Reducing your salt intake also helps your body get rid of extra fluid.
Drink Water to Stay Hydrated
Sometimes we think that we’re hungry when we’re just dehydrated. This is why we recommend drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. Water can fill you without adding any extra calories. But if you don’t like the taste of plain water, you can add a slice of citrus fruits to your glass. The peels of citrus fruits contain an antioxidant known limonene, which can help your body excrete fat and toxins.
Load Up On Fiber
Fiber keeps you full longer, so eating lots of it will help you kick cravings to the curb and slim your back. Potent sources of these macronutrients include oatmeal, onions, rye, barley, leeks, and Jerusalem artichokes. These foods contain oligofructose, which can boost ghrelin- the hormone that controls hunger.
Stop Stressing and Take up Yoga
Stress tends to increase the production of cortisol, the stress hormone that makes a major contribution to those extra pounds in your bra area. Reducing your stress levels can be as simple as taking up a yoga class and enjoying every second of the Savasana pose. Also, holding your breath through poses can help strengthen and tone your back muscles.
Vary Your Calories
Adjusting your caloric intake can help reduce your cravings and bra fat. When you take in a consistent amount of calories, your body will get used to it, even if the amount is on the lower side. Even if you’ve been consistently eating 1,300 calories a day, you will experience a plateau after a while. The trick is to switch up the amounts of calories to trigger your metabolism so it can be in a fat-burning mode.
Sometimes, having a lifestyle change and doing exactly the good might not be effective in getting rid of stubborn fat. While exercising regularly and eating healthy is highly recommended, you may not be able to achieve your desired outcomecompletely. Other areas of your body may respond well to diet and exercise, but the bra fat that you so dread might still hang around. If nothing seems to work, CoolSculpting may be the answer.
CoolSculpting to Get Rid of Bra Fat
CoolSculpting is the safest non-surgical body contouring treatment that uses patented cooling technology to freeze pockets of stubborn fat and destroy fat cells in targeted areas, such as the bra bulge. This procedure helps you to sculpt your back when the fat is resistant to dieting and exercising. Fat cells will die when exposed to a certain level of cold temperatures. CoolSculpting is based on a process known as Cryolipolysis, which uses the cellular response to cold to form of ice crystals within the walls of a cell and break down fatty tissue. Once the fat cells are crystallized, they can no longer function and eventually die off. The destroyed fat cells are then metabolized naturally before being flushed out through your body’s lymphatic system.
Fat cells die at a faster rate when exposed to colder temperatures than the other tissues in your body. This allows the procedure to specifically target adipose cells without causing damage to the surrounding muscle, skin, and other tissues. It also does not harm body water, blood, and other cells.
Procedure for CoolSculpting
The CoolSculpting procedure begins with your practitioner applying a gel pad and applicator in the area of treatment, in this case, your back. The gel pad is used to create a barrier between your skin and the cooling panel. The applicator uses a vacuum-like suction to attach itself to your body and deliver controlled cooling to that area.During the procedure, it’s common to feel a slight pulling and pinching sensation as the applicator adheres to your body. You may also experience cramping, tugging, aching, tingling, and stinging at the treatment site.
The procedure involves minimal pain as the area becomes numb after a few minutes. During the treatment, you’ll be able to answer emails, read, or take a nap. After the applicator is detached, your practitioner will massage the treated area to break up the frozen fat cells to help your body begin to absorb the destroyed cells. Each application takes about 30-60 minutes.
Within the next few days after treatment, you may experience some temporary side effects, including swelling, redness, firmness, itching, aching, tenderness, bruising, cramping, and skin sensitivity. CoolSculpting is proven to be safe,and you don’t have to worry about losing fat cells. The CoolSculpting procedure at Fat Freeze Sculpting is handled by specially trained and licensed practitioners. The treatment is done in a medical office to ensure that it’s done correctly and safely and that it meets the highest standards of care. What’s more, the CoolSculpting machine has in-built safety measures to ensure that other tissues are not harmed during treatment. For instance, the system automatically shuts down when the sensors detect that the skin is too cold.
The results produced by the CoolSculpting technology have been backed by more than 70 scientific papers, medical journal papers, and technical reports. After the procedure, your body will begin to expel destroyed fat cells naturally, and this will continue in the weeks following treatment. In just one session, you can lose as much as 20-30% of treated fat cells.The treated area will begin to show a significant reduction in fat cells over the next 3 months. Typically, you will begin to see results as early as 3 weeks after treatment, but it will take up to 6 months to see dramatic results.
Once the fat cells are completely eliminated from the body, they will never regrow, migrate to other areas of your body, and will never be replaced by other fat cells from other areas of your body. They’re gone for good. Untreated areas, however, will still have their pre-treatment fat cell distribution. And since CoolSculpting is non-invasive, you won’t have to take time off work. You can return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure. No bed rest or pain medications are necessary.
How Can You Speed Up CoolSculpting Results? The procedure works well if you continue to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you combine treatment with these two things, you can be able to achieve optimal results. Because it takes time for the fat cells to break down and be eliminated out of the system, you need to watch your diet. You’re not going to see satisfying results if your diet consists of sugary foods, processed carbs, and fast foods. Drinking water may help improve results because your body will be able to flush out dead cells when it’s properly hydratedefficiently.
Best Candidates for CoolSculpting for Bra Fat
CoolSculpting can be a great option for individuals who want to lose bra fat without the need for surgery. Ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals who at or relatively close to their ideal weight but are still carrying pockets of fat that remain resistant to diet and exercise. If you want to reshape and contour your back, but it seems like nothing works, CoolSculpting may be the answer. Thanks to a variety of the applicators we have at Fat Freeze Sculpting, we’re able to reduce or eliminate fatty tissues around your bra area to achieve a slimmer, more toned contour.
Over the years, we have learned that the only true way to determine if a person is an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is to conduct a detailed assessment during an in-person consultation. We will be able to conduct a physical examination and comprehensively evaluate a person’s concerns and desired outcome. Our objective is to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied with the outcome of the procedure. If we determine that you’re not an ideal candidate, we can recommend you continue with your weight loss regimen before undergoing CoolSculpting. If you’re an ideal client and you decide to book the procedure, we’ll show you around so you can see the machines we use and the rooms where you may receive treatment.
Weight Loss Vs Fat Reduction
It’s important to mention that CoolSculpting is not a replacement for weight loss. If you’re overweight or obese and have a high amount of fat on your body, you should consider losing weight through diet and exercise. This can help to reduce weight all-around your bodyevenly, so you don’t have an unusual distribution of weight. Fat reduction, on the other hand, is a manual process that reduces the amount of fat in particular areas of your body, such as the bra fat.When you’re thinking about CoolSculpting, the idea is to get rid of your bra fat after it has proven to be unresponsive to standard weight loss methods.
In essence, weight loss is for individuals with high accumulation of fat on their bodies, while fat reduction is for those who have a moderate amount of fat and want to address specific areas on their bodies. Another difference is that weight loss shrinks the size of fat cells, while fat reduction methods get rid of some fat cells in a way that reduces their number.
Benefits of CoolSculpting for Bra Fat
- FDA-cleared as safe and effective
- Permanent, natural-looking results
- Non-surgical body contouring procedure
- Targets specific stubborn bulges
- Quick and convenient with little to no downtime
- Sculpt beautiful contours and define musculature
- Approved for all skin types
Find A Los Angeles CoolSculpting Near Me
While other practices offer CoolSculpting as one of their fat reduction methods, for us, it is the only thing we do. CoolSculpting is our specialty, so you know that you’re receiving unparalleled care and the best service possible from highly trained and experienced practitioners. At Fat Freeze Sculpting, we use the latest CoolSculpting technology and practices convenient for all treatment areas. We spare no expense to make sure that our clients receive the highest standard of care. We have the expertise and experience to safely and effectively get rid of those unwanted bra bulges using CoolSculpting technology. When you choose us, you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands.
If you’re ready to say good-bye to your bra fat or would like to learn more about CoolSculpting at Fat Freeze Sculpting, please call us at 310-919-5296 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.