Fat Cells – Do They Stick with You for Life?

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Fat cells – do they ever go away??? Well, let’s say that you can grow more of them, you can shrink them but the majority of studies & articles I read said that they never go awayjust shrink & ready to expand again at a moment’s notice! I read a ton on this & most say fat cells never go away! I KNEW I WAS RIGHT ABOUT THIS BEING A FAT KID! MY BODY ALWAYS WANT TO EXPAND THOSE FRIGGIN FAT CELLS!

The average human can have between 10 to 30 billion fat cells. The amount of fat cells in a person’s body is set during adolescence and levels off into adulthood; however, if you are an obese child, you will add twice as many fat cells compared to a child of average weight as you mature. Fat cells, referred to as adipocyte cells, absorb the storage form of fat, called triglycerides. Fat cells are able to store triglycerides when you are in an overfed state and need to store excess energy. Insulin, your energy storage hormone, regulates the flow of triglycerides into your fat cells.”

Now when you exercise or use energy as they call it, you can pull from those fat cells. Your fat cells can & will decrease BUT they are ready to expand again & even get larger! Here it is in technical terms: “When your body needs to burn energy, two enzymes — hormone sensitive lipase and adipose glyceride lipase — break down the triglyceride in the fat cells to help fuel items such as the heart or skeletal muscles. This process of breaking down triglycerides is referred to as lipolysis. Although, you lose triglycerides out of your fat cells in the short-term, your fat cells will still be there. The fat cells just shrink as a result of this process. If you overeat in the near future, your fat cells can always expand to their original size and even grow larger.”

So what have I written about for years & yearswe need both a better food plan AND exercise to lose the weight & maintain that loss long-term BUT as much as you don’t like to hear itFOOD CHOICES are at least 75% of the battle!

Whether you like it or not, you are going to have to find a way to eat better AND find that way that you can stick with long-term. Again, as I always write – if you hate what you are eating or doing, you are not going to stick with it! FIND SOMETHING YOU CAN LIVE WITH LONG TERM! Change it along the way but you have to be able to be happy with what you’re doing to make it work & succeed at it!

FAT CELLS ARE GOING TO STAY WITH US FOR LIFE! THEY ARE GOING TO FIGHT US & WANT TO EXPAND – ESPECIALLY IF YOU WERE OVERWEIGHT LIKE ME WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER!!!! Really, this is f’d up news but DON’T GIVE UP!!!!

Your health & well being are so worth this effort to fight those friggin fat cells not to mention all the things you will be able to do for yourself & with your family & kids & grandkids. NEVER GIVE UP!!!

 

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  1. This is fascinating Jody. You really break down the cycle of the fat cells and patterns from inconsistent living. I know fat cells definitely settle in a particular area of my body and I can feel the expansion in my thighs and hips if I’m not careful about what I eat. For me, the cells seem to settle in my lower body.
    This makes me even more convinced that we need a sustainable plan overall.

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    1. Hi Charlotte!!! Most women do tend to gain in that friggin hip & thigh area!!! I have always had that inner tube – what I call my lower tummy area – always even the last to go when contest prep for me. Yes, definitely a sustainable plan long term! xoxo

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  2. Wow! For a moment there, I thought I was back in my medical school classroom 🙂

    All cells burn some calories, just muscle cells burn a lot more when we use them, and a little more at rest. As you say, how we eat is the most productive way to deal with excessive fat.

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    1. YES, muscle cells burn more calories 🙂 It is about that food.. dang! 😉

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