What Happens to Toxins in Fat?

June 27, 2016
skin treatments

Fat cells are known to store environmental pollutants – so what happens when you lose the fat and the toxins in fat are released into the body?

There are generally mixed opinions on what danger toxins in fat pose to individuals who undergo fat loss. Ryan Andrews from Precision Nutrition says that detoxing ‘it seems, doesn’t just potentially “clear out our toxins”, it also brings out our extreme opinions’*.

Some claim that fat loss results in the body being overwhelmed by an onslaught of toxins being released into the body, while others trust in the body’s natural cleansing agents: the liver and kidneys, which were designed to naturally regulate toxins.

Korean researchers from the Kyungpook National University published results in the International Journal of Obesity several years ago indicating that long-term weight loss can lead to the release of persistent organic pollutants into the blood*. It is suggested that this might lead to damage of the body’s internal organs. Similar studies have also revealed that there is a clear correlation between weight loss and elevated levels of toxins in the bloodstream*.

What, then, does this mean for people who lose fat through body contouring techniques, such as what we offer at Fiori?

Top doctors on Real Self explain that fat loss occurs as a part of the body’s natural processes following CoolScupting and SculpSure procedures. After the fat cells are killed through controlled heating or cooling, the body naturally filters and excretes them*.

While great results are achieved through these non-invasive techniques, CoolSculpting and SculpSure are not treatments recommended for obese individuals with huge amounts of fat to lose. Ideal candidates are of normal, steady weight and fat loss will typically be specific to one area of the body, as opposed to all over the body. As such, it is not possible for the body to be overwhelmed by toxins released from body fat after these treatments. The body’s natural detox system ensures that everything we breathe in or swallow is processed by the liver, which regulates the toxins we ingest.

At Fiori Institute of Body Contouring, we assist our clients in achieving their ideal body shape through targeted, safe and permanent fat loss. While our experienced team are wary of the toxins that are released as a result of fat loss, they are also familiar with all relevant scientific evidence in the area.

Our therapists are experts in body contouring and will let you know of any potential risks prior to your treatment. Get in touch with us today to learn more.


Detox diets. Juice cleanses. Could they be making you more toxic?, Ryan Andrews. Precision Nutrition – http://www.precisionnutrition.com/detox-cleanse-diets

Weight loss may be toxic: study, Peter Lavelle. ABC Science: 2010 – http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/09/08/3005218.htm

Weight Loss May Release Stored Toxins, John Gever. MedPage Today – http://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/environmentalhealth/22080