EmSculpt is a revolutionary body contouring device that simultaneously blasts fat to oblivion and pumps up muscles. While this device was originally designed to target the abdomen, with us at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY, and target other trouble regions, like your upper arms, calves, or buttocks. Today, we’re answering some of our most frequently asked questions about this treatment to help you determine if it is right for you.
EmSculpt Frequently Asked Questions Answered
How Quickly Will I See the Results of Treatment?
You will feel that the treatment has started working immediately after your session. The targeted muscles will feel like they got an intense workout, but you won’t start to see the results of treatment until two to six weeks after your first session. You will probably start to feel happy about your results three months after your first session, but you won’t see the final results of treatment until six months after your final session.
How Many Sessions Will I Need to Achieve My Ideal Results?
Most people need four treatment sessions to achieve their ideal results. We recommend scheduling two sessions per week with at least two or three days between each session so your muscles have plenty of time to recover from the intense workout that they get. We can give you a better idea of how many treatment sessions you will need to achieve your ideal results after we have evaluated your targeted areas.
If you have decent muscle tone under the subcutaneous fat in your targeted region, you may only need two convenient 30-minute sessions. If you are dissatisfied with the volume of excess fat in the targeted area and wish to build muscle mass, you are more likely to need three or four treatment sessions per area.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The muscle-building results of EmSculpt last approximately six to 12 months if you live a sedentary lifestyle. Treatment with this device will increase muscle mass by approximately 16%, but if you don’t continue to exercise the muscles after treatment, they will atrophy. If you neglect your targeted muscles for long enough, they will atrophy to the point that they were at when your treatments started.
The fat-removing results of this treatment are considered permanent. The intense pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic energy liquefy the cell walls of the white fat in the treatment area. However, adults can’t grow new fat cells, so the number of fat cells in the treatment area is reduced permanently. Nevertheless, it’s important that you maintain your body fat percentage or decrease it once your session is over.
Why Do I Have to Maintain My Body Fat Percentage Once My Fat Cells Are Destroyed Permanently?
It’s important to maintain your body fat percentage after treatment because fat cells remain in the targeted area. If you consume more calories than your body needs for fuel, it will first store excess energy in the form of glycogen, a polysaccharide comprising glucose (carbs and water). Once it has stored all of the glycogen that it can, it starts to store extra fuel in its fat cells.
Several factors can affect where your body stores excess fat. However, the primary factor affecting the location of excess fat storage is genetics. Since your genes don’t change, you’re likely to store excess fat predominantly in the areas you did before treatment if you gain fat after treatment. While your treated areas will never look as large as they did before treatment due to fewer fat cells, the remaining fat cells can still store excess energy.
Is There Anything I Can Do to See the Final Results of Treatment Faster?
If you’re impatient for results, there are several things you can do to see the final results of your treatment faster. Among the most effective things you can do to speed up the final results of treatment are entering into and staying in ketosis, walking at a moderate-to-intense pace, and staying hydrated.
What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a natural process that occurs when your body runs out of carbohydrates to burn for fuel. Contrary to popular belief, when your body doesn’t get enough fuel to maintain its weight, it will not consume muscles for fuel. Breaking down is protein is harder for your body than breaking down carbs or fat. Furthermore, a great amount of energy is required to rebuild muscles.
If your body fat percentage isn’t dangerously low, your body will not attempt to use its muscles as fuel. Rather, it enters ketosis, a state of burning stored fat for fuel when there are no carbohydrates for consumption. This state will continue until you consume enough carbs that your body believes carbohydrates are a reliable fuel source.
How Do I Enter Ketosis?
To enter ketosis, you need to cut your carbohydrate intake drastically and burn the glycogen your body has stored for periods of carb shortages. We recommend going for a walk as soon as you wake up in the morning. You probably haven’t eaten in 12 hours, and once your body burned the calories you ate for dinner, it switched over to burning glycogen. Help it burn off the last of its glycogen by burning extra calories without giving it fuel.
How Do Stay in Ketosis?
To stay in ketosis, continue to eat as few carbs as possible. You may feel a bit strange at first as your body is probably used to regular carb intake. However, you need to remember that your body needs calories for fuel, but those calories don’t have to come from carbohydrates. The ketosis diet calls for most of your calories coming from fat, a lot of your calories coming from protein, and very few calories coming from carbohydrates.
As a good general rule of thumb, you should keep your carbohydrate consumption to no more than 50 grams (200 calories) of carbs in a 24-hour process. Just talk to your primary care physician before you make any changes to your diet to ensure any dietary changes you make will be beneficial to you. People with certain medical conditions may need to eat extra carbs and burn them off through exercise to stay healthy and maintain ketosis.
What Should I Eat on the Keto Diet?
What you eat on the keto diet is up to you. Since you should keep your daily carb count to 50 grams, work out how many calories your body needs to maintain or lose weight based on its current weight and your activity level. Subtract 200 calories from your desired daily caloric intake, and you can split the remaining calories between fat and protein as you see fit.
If you want most of the remaining calories to come from protein, you’re following the Atkins diet, but you can still be in ketosis if you keep your carbs in check. If you want to follow a traditional ketosis diet, eat high-fat, low-carb foods, like a bacon cheeseburger with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun, an avocado, mushroom and tomato omelet, or a cheese and deli meat plate for lunch. If you want a snack, opt for celery or carrots dipped in guac or nut butter.
Is Ketosis Safe?
Yes. Ketosis is absolutely safe and a perfectly natural process. In fact, the “keto diet” was initially invented as a treatment for epilepsy. As stated previously, it may feel a bit odd at first to eat a salad or small portion of low-carb fruits instead of pasta for dinner, but if your primary care physician says that you don’t have any medical conditions that can make ketosis unsafe for you, then you have nothing to worry about.
You may even feel better on a keto diet than you did when consuming a carb-heavy diet. Research has shown that people who consume fewer carbs feel healthier, are more alert, can think more clearly, and sleep better, among other benefits. You may be surprised that you do not have an energy crash in the middle of the afternoon because your body slows everything down to process your carb-heavy lunch. You may even find that your mood and memory improve.
How Far Should I Walk Daily?
How far you should walk daily depends on your fitness level. If possible, you should walk an hour daily at a moderate pace or half of an hour at an intense pace. It’s more about putting the time into your walking and keeping your heart rate within the ideal fat-burning range than how far you walk. If you walk three miles per hour at a moderate pace, walk three miles daily. If you walk four miles per hour at an intense pace, walk two miles daily.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
You should drink enough water and hydrating fluids to make your urine clear. It’s okay if your urine is very pale, but it should not be dark. If your urine is dark, you are severely dehydrated and your body will not eliminate the destroyed fat cells efficiently. The only exception to your urine needing to be clear or pale is if you consume a great deal of B-complex vitamins. Excess B vitamin intake will make your urine bright yellow or green and is perfectly normal.
How much you will need to drink to stay hydrated depends on a multitude of factors. On average, men need to drink more hydrating fluids than women to maintain adequate hydration. Older people need to drink more hydrating fluids, like coffee, tea and sugar-free sparkling water to compensate for poor temperature regulation. Furthermore, active people need more water than sedentary people.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
You may be a good candidate for treatment with the EmSculpt device if you are at or near your goal weight but you wish to improve certain contours by burning excess fat and building muscles simultaneously. To find out for sure if you are a good candidate for treatment with this device, you will need to come in for an initial consultation.
Learn More About This Revolutionary Body Sculpting Treatment Today
If you want to improve muscle tone and burn fat simultaneously, body sculpting with the EmSculpt device may be right for you. This highly advanced device uses highly focused electromagnetic energy to contract your targeted muscles 20,000 times in just 30 minutes. You may feel slimmer immediately after treatment, but it can take up to six months to see the final results. To learn more, contact us at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY to schedule an appointment.