How I Slimmed Down My Thighs Without Moving a Muscle

Lisa Patulny

Confession: I’m big into fitness and wellbeing. (Which is probably for the best since it’s my job to write about them, TBH.) I’m maybe annoyingly into it. I’m definitely the person who skips drinks after work to train, and since I don’t eat much refined sugar I’m often met with looks of disdain (or is that pity?) from co-workers during birthday cake time. (Don't feel bad for me, the I Quit Sugar Cookbook, $25, has some pretty excellent recipes for sweet treats.) The thing is, it didn’t used to be this way. As a former couch potato, I have a few things to thank for my relatively recent health kick, chief of which is a hormonal condition that makes it difficult for me to maintain a steady weight.

If I’m making it sound like I’m overweight, I’m not. I’m a dress size 10 and for the most part I’m pretty happy with that. But, if you’ve heard of the phenomenon so flatteringly referred to as "skinny fat" (where a person can be both small in size but still kinda flabby), you'll understand why I'm always on the hunt for an extra curricular fat fighter. I work out, I eat right, but the muscle tone I long (and lift) for escapes me. Enter: an email re: cryolipolysis technology that pinged into my Inbox a few months ago. 

The email was from Body Catalyst in Sydney's Bondi Junction and it spoke of a seemingly magical procedure whereby I'd lay still for an hour while my fat was literally frozen to death. Lose weight without moving a muscle? Um, yes please! Intrigued but with reservations, I sent back a comprehensive list of questions. Does it hurt? How does it work? Do the results last? And most important of all, does it actually work? Owner and technician Samantha Barakat Light walked me through the process before I committed to trying the procedure. (She also showed me some seriously impressive before and afters.) Sufficiently convinced, I couldn't sign myself up fast enough and—spoiler alert—the treatment really did work. I lost 1cm from each thigh from just one session, which may not sound like much, but it made a real difference to the fit of my favourite jeans. Intrigued? 

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