Losing weight can be challenging, and if you have a significant amount of weight to lose, it can feel like an impossibility. When you receive bad weight loss advice, you may get frustrated and drop this vital health and self-improvement goal. At Emerald Laser, we know how important weight loss and fat reduction are to our clients. We help keep people on track and help them overcome obstacles. Find out some of the most common bad habits when it comes to weight loss.
Common Bad Weight Loss Habits That Should Be Avoided
Sometimes, making the wrong change is worse than making no change at all. Here are a few mistakes that you should avoid at all costs when trying to lose weight.
Paying More Attention to the Scale than Your Waistline
When most people say they want to lose weight, what they really mean is that they would like to reduce the amount of fat that they’re carrying. These are closely related but separate concepts. Weight is an easy-to-monitor metric because scales are so readily available, but it only tells part of the story. Muscular individuals tend to weigh more than people with a greater fat-to-muscle ratio. Use your scale as a tool, but also pay attention to other indicators of weight loss: looser clothing, increased definition, smaller waist circumference, etc.
Exercising Without Changing Your Diet
There is an old adage that you can’t outrun a poor diet. While exercising is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, unless you work out multiple hours a day, any calorie burns that you achieve can quickly be regained by one or two dietary decisions. For example, most people burn about 100 calories for every mile they run, but there are about 180 calories in 16 ounces of Coca-Cola and about 120 in a similar amount of Gatorade. That’s a lot of exercise erased by a beverage. If you exercise and don’t seem to be reducing weight, examine your diet, including beverage intake.
Dieting Without Exercise
The above information notwithstanding, you should exercise, even if you have a healthy diet. In addition to burning some of the calories you consume, cardio exercise lowers your blood pressure and regulates your blood sugar. Resistance training, on the other hand, will increase your muscle-to-fat ratio. Because muscles burn calories at a higher rate than fat, you will burn fat faster, which is the ultimate goal of most people trying to lose weight.
Consuming too Many “Good Calories”
You may have cut out the sweets, pasta, and rice, but have you replaced them with large amounts of good carbs? While there are numerous health benefits to dropping bad carbs from your diet, if you don’t reduce your calorie intake, you will not necessarily lose weight. For instance, you will receive more nutrients from 100 calories of spinach than you will from 100 calories of chocolate, but the caloric value is the same. Those calories will either be burned off or stored as fat, regardless of where they came from.
Better Weight Loss Habits
For fat reduction, many doctors and nutritionists recommend a sensible, calorie-negative diet, achieved via a reduction in dietary calories and increases in cardiovascular exercises and resistance training. There are many reliable apps that can help you track your consumption and your calorie expenditure based on your age, current weight, gender, and the exercise you perform. Pursuing a calorie negative diet will help you lose weight as your body starts to draw from its fat reserves to make up the deficit. Here are some tips for helping you reduce fat via a calorie-negative diet:
- Use a reliable app to help you track calories.
- Be consistent with your diet and exercise from day to day.
- Focus on multiple indicators: weight, clothes fit, etc.
- Eat and drink nutritious foods and drinks. Don’t waste calories on sugars.
How Emerald Laser Can Help You Lose Fat
Many people become frustrated when they’re trying to lose weight. They see the numbers on the scale going down, but when they look in the mirror, their bodies aren’t changing the way they want. Laser lipolysis, or “laser lipo,” is a non-invasive, painless process that targets stubborn pockets of fat. Emerald Laser by Erchonia uses a proprietary laser system that has been clinically proven to reduce fat in multiple double-blind studies. In fact, Emerald Laser is the only fat reduction laser system that has received FDA approval for individuals with a BMI over 30.
How Laser Fat Reduction Works
Emerald Laser targets the fat cells below the skin with ten 532-nanometer low-intensity lasers. These lasers bore multiple holes in the cellular membrane while simultaneously emulsifying (melting) the fats held within. The liquified fats then escape through the pores where they are safely disposed of by the body’s lymphatic system. Unlike other fat reduction lasers, Emerald Laser does not kill fat cells. Destroyed fat cells cause fat to be stored in other parts of the body, which can be a health risk.
Why Choose Emerald Laser?
Erchonia, the maker of Emerald Laser, is a pioneer in the laser lipolysis industry. Their earlier laser was the first in its class to receive FDA market approval. Additionally, Emerald Laser has the following benefits.
- Emerald Laser is effective. Most patients see results in a week or two and achieve full results in 12 weeks.
- Emerald Laser is painless.
- There is no recovery time after each session.
- There are no known side effects.
- Sessions take less than 30 minutes, so you can schedule yours before or after work, or even during lunch.
- Emerald Laser empties fat cells but doesn’t destroy them, which is a safer approach.
Most Emerald Laser providers charge between $1,500 and $2,500 for six sessions, and they offer generous financing options. Emerald Laser is effective for belly fat, hip fat, legs, arms, shoulders — wherever you need excess fat removed. Schedule your initial consultation with an Emerald Laser provider near you!