The "Truth" about Fat...And Losing Weight for Good!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-04-02 09:27:04 -0500
Started 2012-03-30 12:42:53 -0500

The average human has between 10 billion and 30 billion fat cells within the body.

However, an obese person can have in excess of 100 billion fat cells - over 5 times what is considered normal!

Understanding how fat cells work (and where they go when you "lose the fat") is essential when tackling weight loss.

Your body basically stores excess energy within the fat cells in the form of triglycerides. Depending on how much fat your body is storing, the fat cells expand or shrink - but the cells themselves never actually go away. The act of "losing weight" is actually just the act of getting your fat cells to shrink by reducing the amount of fat your body stores.

The trouble is - fat cells don't "go away". However - through excessive eating - fat cells can be created. And once you have the fat cells, you'll always have them and they'll always have the ability to expand.

Surgeries like liposuction can remove unwanted fat cells - but unless you change your eating habits, your body will just create more cells in order to keep up with the amount of excess fat coming into the body.

But, you don't need surgery to get rid of "fat". You just need to adopt a life style that will reduce the amount of fat your body is storing. This can include eating right, exercising, reducing stress, and remaining active.


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Young1s 2012-03-31 11:52:51 -0500 Report

I've always heard that fat cells are with you for life and can multiply to keep up with storage of the amount of fatty foods we ingest. But I also heard that even though they shrink when we loose weight, if we don't maintain the weight loss, the weight we put back on will come on quicker and possibly multiply because of this too. Now the article below states that the fat cells do actually die within 10 years so that new ones can take it's place? Hard to make out what to believe.

Caroltoo 2012-03-30 12:56:19 -0500 Report


I'm puzzled about the differences in your two postings this morning. Could you help me sort this out? The subject interests me, but the statements seem to contradict each other.

In your post earlier this morning you said: Many people have a misconception that fat cells can be formed at any stage of life. But, it is not so. They are formed inside the growing fetus during the third trimester of pregnancy. The fat in newborn babies is stored in the form of brown fat used in thermogenesis i.e., generating heat while in adults only white fat is active.

"The number of fat cells remain constant throughout life only the amount of fat stored in it varies."

This discussion says our 10 to 30 billion fat cells can become 100 billion when we develop fat. That's a definite increase. What am I missing here?


MAYS 2012-03-30 13:22:21 -0500 Report

I agree with you on what each article says, it does seem like a contradiction, let me see if I can clear up some of this…

From what I recall reading a few years ago concerning fat cells, we are born with a certain amount of them, (the number of fat cells varies in each individual) and each one has a very limited fat storing capacity.

(The book is a book on fat published by Men's Health Magazine, title unknown)

Once we push that individual cell past it's storage capacity another one is created to help with the storage of fat, since they are unable to burst, (as in the case of a water balloon filled to capacity with water) these cells are created on a "need" basis, unlike other human cells which are constantly created to replace cells as they mature and die, yet once they are created they are like all other fat cells, we have them for life since they do not die!

It's not normal for the human body to produce more fat cells, we must push the body well past it's fat storing capacity in order for it to do such.

The book is an excellent book, I will look for it at home (it's there somewhere) and post the title as well as a few excerpts, as well as do a little more research into this subject because it is very interesting and once you know how the body does it (storing fat) it makes it a great deal easier to take it off.


Caroltoo 2012-03-30 14:49:51 -0500 Report

Thanks, Mays. Would appreciate hearing whatever you find. This still sounds like cell division makes the additional cells, though not for the purpose of replicating as it does in the zygote.

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