What is subcutaneous fat?

Understanding subcutaneous fat

Subcutaneous fat differs from other types of fat in your body in terms of its location and impact. Here are some insights into how subcutaneous fat affects your appearance and overall health:

  1. Location: Subcutaneous fat is situated just beneath the skin, covering your muscles and surrounding various parts of your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and arms. It provides a layer of insulation and cushioning.
  2. Impact on Appearance: Subcutaneous fat plays a significant role in shaping your body's contours. The distribution and thickness of subcutaneous fat can influence your body shape and overall aesthetic appearance. Excessive subcutaneous fat accumulation in certain areas can lead to a more rounded or "flabby" appearance.
  3. Insulation and Protection: Subcutaneous fat acts as an insulator, helping to regulate body temperature by providing a layer of thermal protection. It also serves as a protective cushion, shielding your organs and tissues from external forces.
  4. Energy Reserve: Subcutaneous fat serves as an energy reserve for your body. During periods of caloric deficit or increased energy demands, your body can utilise stored subcutaneous fat as a source of fuel.
  5. Health Considerations: While subcutaneous fat is generally less metabolically active than visceral fat (fat surrounding your organs), excessive accumulation of subcutaneous fat can still contribute to health issues. However, it's important to note that moderate amounts of subcutaneous fat are necessary for maintaining healthy body function.

Figure 1: Subcutaneous Fat vs Visceral Fat

Image credit: makeyourbodywork.com

Understanding the characteristics and impact of subcutaneous fat can help you make informed decisions about your overall health and wellness. By addressing and managing subcutaneous fat through appropriate strategies, such as lifestyle modifications, exercise, and targeted treatments, you can work towards achieving a healthier body composition and improving your overall well-being.

How to measure subcutaneous fat

There are various methods to measure subcutaneous fat, including:

1) Calipers

Specialised calipers are used to measure the thickness of skinfolds in specific areas of the body. These measurements help estimate the amount of subcutaneous fat present.

2) Multifrequency Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (mfBIA)

mfBIA

An mfBIA scan involves sending a low electrical currents through the body to measure the resistance encountered. This method helps determine the amount of subcutaneous fat and can also provide information on visceral fat.

3) Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA):

DEXA scans, primarily used to measure bone density, can also provide insights into body fat percentage, including subcutaneous fat. This technique utilises low-dose X-rays to differentiate between different tissues in the body.

4) Body Circumference Measurements:

While not directly measuring subcutaneous fat, circumference measurements (e.g., waist circumference) can serve as an indirect indicator of subcutaneous fat accumulation in specific areas.

It's important to note that these methods provide estimates, and the accuracy may vary. For precise measurements and comprehensive analysis, consulting with a healthcare professional or a body composition specialist is recommended.

Figure 2: Subcutaneous Fat measurement on mfBIA body scan report

How to address stubborn subcutaneous fat

Losing stubborn fat can be challenging, especially when it accumulates in specific areas. CoolShaping2 Cryolipolysis presents a powerful solution to help you eliminate those stubborn fat deposits.


Cryolipolysis is a non-surgical, TGA-approved procedure that targets and eliminates fat cells using controlled cooling technology. The CoolShaping2 applicator tool suctions and freezes the fat cells in the targeted areas, gradually breaking them down for natural elimination by the body.


Scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of CoolShaping2. Extensive research and clinical studies have shown a permanent reduction of stubborn fat by 20-40% with each session. The advanced technology of CoolShaping2 ensures a stable and controlled cooling process, delivering safe and impressive results without surgery or downtime.

Video 1: Cryolipolysis treatment

Video 2: Cryolipolysis applicator treating subcutaneous fatty tissue

To learn more about this procedure and whether it is suitable for you, visit the CoolShaping2 Cryolipolysis information page.

The role of nutrition in enhancing results

While there isn't a specific nutrition approach that can target stubborn subcutaneous fat in problem areas, having a well-designed nutrition plan is crucial for managing overall body composition. The most appropriate approach will depend on various factors, including the client's goals, lifestyle, training and nutrition preferences, and any medical conditions.

To further enhance the effectiveness of CoolShaping2 Cryolipolysis, we offer integrated nutrition services. Proper nutrition plays a vital role in optimising your body's ability to eliminate fat and maintain a healthy weight. Our personalised guidance and support packages are designed to align your nutrition with your goals, amplifying the results of CoolShaping2 treatments.

It is important to remember that nutrition is not just about achieving specific body composition goals. It also contributes to your overall well-being. A professionally formulated nutrition plan can also improve energy levels, enhance mood, support immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases.

Getting started

CoolShaping2 Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing can be the game-changer you've been waiting for. Don't let stubborn fat hold you back any longer! Take the first step towards your transformation by booking a strategy call or scheduling your treatment through our convenient online portal.


During your initial visit, we will conduct a consultation to develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Our friendly staff is ready to guide you through the process, addressing any concerns and answering all your questions.


Remember, you deserve to look and feel your best! We look forward to helping you achieve your body goals and supporting you on your journey to a happier, healthier you.

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