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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