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What do you know about fat in your body?


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In order to understand why people have different body weights, and why some people accumulate weight quickly you need to remember one important fact about body fat: the number of fat cells in the human body, for each person is different. In addition, it is important to know that this number is constant, it does not change during the lifetime.

As the number of fat cells in the body remains the same, it is possible only to reduce them with work out or the diet, but not to eliminate. Which means that the fat burning merely reduces the size of fat cells, and not make them go away. Even if physically removed via liposuction fat cells are slowly coming back, because the body will restore them according to their genetic program.

It is very important to know that the number of fat cells in the body also depends very much on what has been one's childhood - what and how much one ate. If your child is overweight, it's a risk to be overweight in adulthood. Breast feeding is one way to guarantee that the baby is less likely being over fed and therefore reduces the risk of obesity in the future, which in turn affects the person's body weight throughout life.

In summary, this means that a person who has two times more fat cells will collect body weight twice as fast as there are more fat cells that accumulate the energy. Thus, the process of energy accumulation into fat is also quicker and more efficient. Consequently, that is why there is people around us who can eat anything and still does not gain much weight because they are low in fat cells in the body. This means that those who are prone to gain weight easily should especially watch what and how much they eat.

What is body fat and its functions?

Body fat has a lot of functions, but the main task is the energy recovery and storage. They are, for example, also a source of fat-soluble vitamins, and at the same time they promote the absorption of vitamins. Four important vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are soluble in fats and their absorption without dietary fat in the intestine is not possible. Fat cells are the body’s backup agents, and reduce the loss of body heat.

Body Fat significance during the Stone Age

If we compare the importance of body fat nowadays and during the Stone Age, the needs and the reasons are quite different. The most important difference is in the food and eating. During the Stone Age man had to reckon the fact that in there were periods in which the community did not have enough food for a long time. Their diet was dependent on the hunting of the animals and what the natural forest were offering.

Stone Age man could not go to the grocery store right after it got hungry or energy stocks were getting low. It was therefore important for the body to save energy in adipose tissue. The more fat in the body, the more energy the body was saving, and the longer a person was able to survive without food. Modern people do not need as much fat to store energy, because there is so much food around that for energy one does not need to do other than just to open the refrigerator door.

Bears will eat themselves fat for a firm goal - to survive the long hibernation with sufficient energy levels. If the bears would not eat themself fat, then they would perish in the winter. Modern humans have no need for that - there is no need to equip itself with excess fat. Overeating strains your body unnecessarily - extra energy gained is not used, but the whole body went through the unnecessary hassle to digest the food. Anything that moves, eventually charges off. Similarly, the human body does not last forever. Especially when it is loaded with hard-digestible food.

Where the body fat is located?

The fat is found under the skin and around the internal organs. Vital minimum percentage of fat can be 2-5% of the males and 8-13% of females. However, the average percentage of men and women is about 10-20% and 20-30%. The amount of fat in the body can be adjusted by the amount of calories being eaten and the amount of calories being used. You put on weight if you eat more than you spend the energy.

Subcutaneous fat regulates body and protects the body against cool down. Excessive subcutaneous fat is visible, and violates the general appearance of the body. Fat surrounding internal organs is not visible to the eye, and it increases with age. This upholstered in internal organs, keeps them in place and protects against damage. Such a protective layer, for example, surrounds the kidneys. Too large a so-called beer belly may indicate to too high amount of fat in internal organs, which is a major threat to health.

Fat is not the best source of energy

Saturated fats, contain a large amount of energy, but that energy use is a much more limited compared to carbohydrates. The availability of energy from fat is much more complicated than carbohydrates. Fatty acids as an energy source can only complete during muscle oxygenation event. This means that it needs a high-intensity efforts to use fats as an energy source at all. During aerobic work the muscles are able to effectively use fatty acids with carbohydrates.

If gaining weight, as a process not result, is usually pleasant and unobtrusive, then losing weight is continuous self-limitation. So things are. Unfortunately, the number of fat cells in the body is constant, so leaving them to starve can decrease their size, but all kinds of workouts and diets are not very compelling for a long time if they are being stopped at some point.

The best way is to find a balance between that sends you all your life, because short-term solutions provide only short-term results.

Some suggestions
- Eat slowly
- Mealtime should be 15-30 minutes
- Stop eating when you feel that your stomach is full of about 80%
- Losing weight does not happen quickly - everything depends on the will and the power of continuity
- The worst combination for your health is overstraining and unbalanced diet, resulting in an empty, exhausted, overwhelmed and injured body.




Last update: 2015-10-18 (Y,M,D)