Your best friend from high school sent you a last-minute invitation to her wedding just a few short months away. You’re in a panic because you’ve let your workout routine fall by the wayside in favor of watching TV and eating midnight snacks. You don’t have time to tone your upper arms so you look stunning in your dress. You need EmSculpt at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX. Here’s everything you need to know about treatment.
How Soon You Will See the Results of EmSculpt Treatments
You will see the initial results of your EmSculpt treatments two to six weeks after your first session at the most comfortable, welcoming med spa in San Antonio. However, your results will continue to improve over the course of six months after your final session. Don’t worry if you have a major event planned in just three or four months. Even the initial results of treatment will boost your self-confidence dramatically.
How Many Sessions You Will Need To See Your Desired Results
The number of sessions you’ll need to tone your body and shred white fat cells depends primarily on your existing muscle tone in the desired treatment area and how much excess fat is stored in the targeted area. We’ll assess your muscle tone and body fat distribution during your initial consultation, but we’ve found that most people need two sessions weekly spaced two to three days apart for two weeks to achieve the contours they desire.
How Long Treatment Takes
Each EmSculpt treatment session lasts only 30 minutes. During this 30-minute session, two panels administer high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to contract your muscles 20,000 times. If you’re targeting your abs, your abdominal muscles are getting the same workout as if you took the time to do 20,000 situps. If you’re targeting your buttocks, your glutes get the same “workout” as doing 20,000 squats.
To understand how incredibly efficient this treatment is, have your partner time how long it takes you to do 20 squats, situps or tricep dips depending on what region you’d like to target for treatment. Then, multiply that time by 4,000. That’s how long it would take you to get the same benefit as four 30-minute sessions with this device. Now, think about what you could do with all that extra time, like playing with your kids.
What You Can Do To Speed Up the Final Results
There are a couple of things you can do to speed up the final results of your treatment. To speed along the muscle toning results, you can minimize your carb intake. For every gram of carbohydrates your body stores as glucose, it also stores two to three grams of water. You can eat enough carbs to avoid going into ketosis, just make sure your calorie count for the day is at or under what your body needs for fuel. Excess fuel will be stored as glucose or fat.
To calculate accurately how many calories your body needs for fuel, use an online BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculator. Your BMR represents how many calories your body would burn if you were fasting and completely immobile. From there, you can add in calories that you burn through exercise. Ignoring the calories your body burns while digesting food negates the underestimation of calories consumed without weighing everything you put in your mouth.
How Many Carbs Your Body Can Burn
Your body can burn up to 60 grams of glucose per hour, a type of carbohydrate that is carried from your gut to your blood with the transporter known as SGLT1, during exercise. If you consume any more than this, you will experience severe gastrointestinal distress. Since there are four calories per gram of carbohydrates, your body can only use 240 calories from glucose per hour of exercise.
However, fructose is transported from the gut to the blood for fuel by GLUT5 carriers at a rate of 30 grams, or 120 calories per hour. Therefore, at most, your body can burn 90 grams of carbs, when consumed as a 2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose, per hour during exercise. If you don’t exercise, only 45% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates. If you need 1,800 calories daily, eat roughly 202.5 grams of carbs.
Walking To Speed Up Your Final Results
Besides minimizing your carbohydrate intake to mitigate the risk of looking puffy due to excess water storage, you can walk an hour per day. Particularly if you use this device to target your glutes or abdomen, your muscles may be too tired to go for a jog or run. However, you should be able to walk at a moderate pace with no trouble.
The great thing about walking is that it is accessible to everyone. You can walk anywhere and every step adds up, even if you only walk 20 minutes when you wake up, on your lunch break and when you get home from work. Particularly if you don’t eat too many carbs throughout the day, your body will burn stored glucose for fuel, releasing both the stored carbohydrates and water. This helps you look leaner as you wait for your results.
Drinking Water To Speed Up Your Final Results
If you don’t have time to walk for an hour per day, you can still speed up the final results of your treatment. Commit to drinking a gallon of water daily. This doesn’t flush out the water stored with the carbohydrates in the form of glucose. Nevertheless, dehydration causes water retention, so if you were dehydrated before your treatment, hydrating tells your body it’s okay to flush out excess retained water.
Don’t be surprised if you are so satisfied with your appearance when you’re not bloated that you never go back to drinking under a gallon of water per day. However, we find it’s important to note that you may not need to drink a full gallon of water daily to be hydrated. Foods and drinks that count towards your daily hydration goal include fruits, vegetables, soups, coffee and tea. Therefore, only half a gallon of water daily may hydrate you.
How to Prepare for Treatment
Don’t Drink Alcohol
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for your treatment session is to not drink alcohol in the 72 hours leading up to your treatment. Alcohol is a toxin, and your body prioritizes flushing it out over any other function. Your metabolism stops processing any carbs for fuel. Instead, your pancreas, liver and kidneys go into overdrive to flush out the ethanol, flushing out a great deal of water and nutrients along with it.
In other words, alcohol dehydrates you, makes you hold onto carbs as your body processes the seven calories per gram of alcohol for fuel and slows your lymphatic system to a crawl. Your lymphatic system is the system that sweeps up the fat cells that are damaged during your treatment session, processes them and flushes them out. Abstaining from alcohol will support the efficiency of this system and hasten results.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
It is also advisable that you wear comfortable clothes to your treatment session. If your clothes are too tight, we can’t get the pads positioned appropriately for the most effective results. We recommend that you wear a loose-fitting t-shirt and basketball shorts if your appointment is on a Saturday or fairly loose business casual clothes if you come on your lunch break.
Take a Magnesium Supplement
We strongly recommend taking a magnesium supplement the night before your scheduled treatment session. Magnesium is a crucial mineral that allows your body to perform dozens of functions, including the relaxation of your muscles. Talk to your primary care physician about your diet and ask what dose would be appropriate for you to avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
DOMS is a phenomenon that occurs after intense workout sessions, and 20,000 muscle contractions in 30 minutes certainly counts as an intense workout. As the name suggests, delayed onset muscle soreness is not painful, but the targeted muscles may feel sore temporarily starting 24 to 72 hours after treatment if you are deficient in magnesium at the time of treatment.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You should also make a point to get a good night’s sleep before your treatment session. During the third stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep, a stage that occurs between when you fall asleep and when you start dreaming, your body sends more blood to your muscles and tissue growth and repair occurs. This is crucial if you worked out the muscles you’re targeting for treatment. The stronger they are, the better your results will be.
Getting plenty of REM sleep the night before your scheduled session is also crucial. During REM sleep, your muscles go into paralysis, a perfectly safe bodily function that exists to prevent you from acting out your dreams. The muscle relaxation that occurs during this phase of the sleep cycle increases the likelihood that your targeted muscles won’t be hurt, sore or tired before your treatment even begins.
Eat a Light Meal
Again, the muscles targeted during your Emsculpt session will be contracted 20,000 times. If you don’t eat shortly before your session, you may feel ravenous afterward and overeat. However, if you eat too much, you will feel bloated and uncomfortable. We strongly encourage you to eat a small-to-medium healthy meal before you come in for treatment.
Have Realistic Expectations
Over half a dozen independent, multi-center studies have been performed measuring the efficacy of this treatment. Using several testing methods, including histology, CT scans and MRIs, treatment with this device has been shown to reduce localized fat stores by 19%, increase muscle by 16% and reduce diastasis recti by 11%. Nevertheless, only 96% of people who received this treatment were satisfied with their results.
To avoid being among the 4% of people who receive treatment and are less-than-satisfied, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results. During your initial consultation, we will advise you regarding the results you can realistically expect and how many sessions you will need to achieve your goals. Realistically, you can expect toned calves or triceps, a loss of 1.5” in your waist (2” is a pants size) or visible buttock lifting.
Make an Appointment at the Best Spa in San Antonio Today
If you have a major event coming up quickly and you don’t have time to tone your upper arms, core or buttocks, don’t panic. Schedule an initial consultation at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX to learn if EmSculpt can help you tone your muscles and shred fat so you can rock your cutest outfit at your major event. This body contouring device is so safe it’s FDA-approved, so there’s an excellent chance that you’re the perfect candidate.