How well do you know your fat?
Did you know:
* Your fat cells can grow up to 1000 times their original size.
* Once a fat cell has reached its maximum capacity, your body will produce a new fat cell to store the additional fat.
* Once a new fat cell has been formed it is yours to keep – you can’t ever get rid of it. All you can do is shrink it.
During the last three months of pregnancy fat cells are formed in the developing foetus and again at the start of puberty when the sex hormones kick in.
After puberty the body doesn’t normally produce new fat cells. They simply get bigger and bigger as the body stores more fat. One exception to this is if an adult gains a significant amount of weight.
Non obese adults have approximately 30 – 50 billion fat cells, however, obese adults have approximately 60 – 100 billion.
Fat tissue is made up of fat cells and can be thought of as tiny bags that hold a drop of fat. When you eat a meal or a sugary snack enzymes break the fats down into fatty acids. These fatty acids are then absorbed from the blood into fat cells, muscle cells and liver cells. Once in these cells, through the stimulation of insulin, the fatty acids are turned into fat molecules and stored as fat droplets.
The body is 10 times more efficient at simply storing fat in a fat cell than it is at converting protein or carbohydrates into fat. Given a choice, a fat cell cell will grab the fat and store it rather than the carbohydrates or protein because fat is much easier to store.
Fat leaves the body through sweat, breathing out carbon dioxide and contrary to popular belief, through urine.
Keep an eye out over the next few weeks to find out how you can shrink your fat cells and therefore, reduce your weight.
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