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Separating myth from fact and continuing on the obesity theme, we ask: how do we gat fat cells and once we have them do we keep them forever? Can they get smaller?
We store fat in our adipose tissue just under the skin. When we go into a state of surplus (taking in more energy or food, than we are using) we make more fat cells in order to store this excess energy for a rainy day. Or a famine, if you know what I mean. These fat cells can increase in size by 15 times, and as they are cells, so very small, and we have very many of them, this means you will get really fat.
The healthy adult body that is at a ‘normal weight’ has approximately 20 to 27 billion (yes billion) fat cells. The overweight adult body’s fat cell count depends on how overweight the individual is and can range from 75 billion to over 300 billion. The more fat cells, the harder it can be to lose weight, so that’s a very good reason to begin now instead of producing additional fat cells which will only serve to make future weight loss efforts even more difficult.
Unfortunately the body cannot break these fat cells down, so as the supposed myth says, yes, we keep them forever. The only way to actually remove them is through surgery, but if you are not getting enough exercise and eating too much of the wrong things, then you will simply manufacture more fat cells and enlarge them. So it really is best to not get fat in the first place. If it’s too late, don’t worry because lots of people can and do successfully lose weight and keep it off. If you really need help do call us and we can get you sorted with a personal trainer.