Why We Have Different Body Shapes

Many factors come into play when it comes to body shape. Genes, the environment, lifestyle, and social influences can affect our body shape. While genes determine about 70% of our body shape, lifestyle choices like food and exercise can cause great transformation. Thus, knowing your genes is only the first step. The next step is to prioritise lifestyle choices affecting your body shape. Here are some factors that can affect your body shape.

Exercise
Exercise maintains and changes your body shape. Some people can bulk up and improve their physique faster than others. Their muscles are more visible. Genes is one of the reasons behind these differences. Elite sprinters have more fast-twitch muscle fibres than slow-twitch ones. The ACTN3 gene enables these fast-twitch muscles to contract rapidly. It is necessary for power sports like sprinting. On the other hand, bodybuilders have more slow-twitch muscles. Fast-twitch muscles have a larger diameter leading to bigger muscles. Slow-twitch muscles are smaller, leading to smaller, more toned muscles.

Hormones
Hormones like estrogen and testosterone shape our bodies. Women store body fat in their hips, thighs and breasts due to higher estrogen levels. Men carry more fat in their abdomen due to higher testosterone levels. Men have a leaner mass because testosterone builds muscles. Diet and exercising more can influence hormone levels, which then changes body shape.

Fats
Genes can decide our BMI (Body Mass Index), the volume of our appetite, and our taste buds. The FTO (Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated Gene) is a gene that greatly influences these factors. FTO comes in two forms – a high obesity-risk variant and a low-obesity risk variant. People with the high obesity-risk variant have been found to have increased circulating levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin even after they ate. They are also found to react differently to food (calorie-rich food is more appealing), and the reward centre in their brain reacts differently as well. Thus, those with the high obesity-risk variant are more likely to be obese. However, a healthy body composition and nice shape are still achievable. This can be done by staying active.

Environment
In many parts of the world, food has become more available and affordable. Sugary and processed food is commonly craved. Technological advancements have also reduced physical activity. We take escalators instead of stairs. Work has become sedentary. With less active movements, fats increase. This can lead to poor BMI and body shape.

Age
Muscle mass starts to decline, while body fat starts to increase when we reach our thirties. Having an active lifestyle and a healthy diet can slow down these body shape changes.

Emsculpt Neo
Fortunately, we are in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing our body shape. Emsculpt Neo is the vehicle through which we can arrive at our ideal body shape!

Emsculpt Neo uses radiofrequency and High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM+) energies to eliminate fat and tone muscles. It is the only US FDA-cleared non-invasive device with a dual effect on fat and muscle tissues.

Emsculpt Neo uses radiofrequency and High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM+) energies to eliminate fat and tone muscles. It is the only US FDA-cleared non-invasive device with a dual effect on fat and muscle tissues.

Radiofrequency emits heat at 42-43oC, which causes fat cells to die. HIFEM+ can generate 24,000 intense supramaximal muscle contractions. During these contractions, muscle fibres are stretched and relaxed, much like what happens during resistance exercise, but at a much higher intensity. Muscles are loaded at an intensity high enough to cause micro-ruptures. The body repairs the damage by replacing and growing new muscle fibres. This results in muscle hypertrophy.

Clinical studies have found that Emsculpt Neo users increased their muscle mass by 25% after treatment. There was also a 30% decrease in fat. Each session is 30 minutes. Four sessions are recommended. Results will continue to improve one month after the four sessions.

There is no age limit to using Emsculpt Neo. The treatment can be applied on the abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, front and back of the thighs, biceps, triceps, and calves. It is as comfortable as a hot stone massage. There is also no downtime.

So, drive your body shape with the help of Emsculpt Neo today! Book an appointment with our authorised service providers now!