Zap That Fat

This article was posted in today’s Ottawa Citizen:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/that/3129463/story.html

The headline Zap That Fat is definitely attention-getting. The article is about a new type of medical device that is used for “non-invasive body sculpting“. It uses cold, heat or ultrasound to break down fat cells, which are then metabolized by the body. There are several different techniques available in Canada, though they are expensive and can also be painful. They may also require multiple treatments.

I think that I am an ideal candidate.

…who stay fit, eat well and are close to their ideal weight. Yet as we step into our middle years, there are often pockets of resistant fat around bellies, love handles, girdles and hips, regardless of diet and exercise.

The writer of the article offered herself up as a guinea pig, and was pleased with the result:

Within four weeks, I’ve noticed a visible reduction in my mummy tummy, a more comfortable fit in my low-cut jeans and an overall smoother appearance. I’m thrilled and can’t wait to see what the final results will look like in another month.

Now if you know me, don’t hate me for writing this. I know that I am not overweight by any of the different charts out there. But there is stuff here and there, and I don’t like it at all and I would love to get rid of it. This stuff has accumulated from having two children and because my metabolism has slowed down as I get alarmingly close to 40. No matter what I do, I cannot get rid of the stuff.

I would never consider an invasive procedure for such a thing. For me, the benefits could never outweigh the risks of surgery. But this is interesting. And I feel silly and vain and frivolous and highly ridiculous, but wow, how cool would this be?

I am a bit skeptical though. The newspaper article shows a before and after picture, and I honestly can’t tell the difference between the two. I asked Tony, N and B as well, and they couldn’t see the difference either. Unfortunately the online version of the article doesn’t show the before and after “mummy tummy” but if you are in Ottawa, could you see the difference?

Maybe I should just go for laser eye surgery….

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I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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6 Responses to Zap That Fat

  1. Amy B says:

    I read the article this morning and I had read about it elsewhere (either Glamour or Marie Claire) and that author was also happy with her results, but no, I couldn't tell the difference between the before and after shots in the paper today.

    And I believe the doctor in the magazine warned that if you gain weight after the procedure, you might gain it in strange places.

  2. XUP says:

    It all sounds sketchy to me. Getting approval from Health Canada somehow doesn't give me any confidence in the procedure. Also the incredibly hefty price tag puts me right off. Not to mention some of the possible bizarre side-effects. Love your mummy tummy is my advice. It's well earned

  3. Finola says:

    Amy, that comment about gaining weight in strange places is alarming. Yikes.

    Xup, Yeah, I don't have a lot of confidence in it either. And the kids make the tummy all worthwhile.

  4. Laura says:

    I'm a skeptic…sounds too good to be true. I would love to get rid or my mummy tummy…but I don't want it showing up on another random spot on my body. What a strange side effect!

  5. I read an article on this procedure before too. (I missed the one in the Citizen). I immediately pounced on the article (“maybe this will be THE solution!”) In the end, the article I read concluded that it provided the same result as wearing Spanx and that Spanx were a whole lot cheaper. BUT if you've ever worn Spanx, they sure do make a difference!

    Signed,
    Will pay for a magic bullet

  6. Finola says:

    Laura, I agree – I wonder where on earth the found lumps and bumps would reappear?

    Julie, Can I wear Spanx under my bathing suit??

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