Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Fat Cell Explained

Have you ever wondered what exactly is happening inside your body when you gain and lose fat? Obviously, the fat cell is the central player in the body image game. So what gives?

To explain; Body fat is made up of millions of tiny fat cells, each one a spherical sac filled with a droplet of oil.

When a person gains body fat, individual fat cells fill up with more fat and increase in size. Likewise, when a person loses body fat, the fat cells release fat and decrease in size. Ultimately, the size of your fat cells is relative to the balance of calorie intake (what you eat) and output (your activity level).

A diet high in fat supplies your fat cells with the means they need to grow bigger. Once digested, fat is carried through the bloodstream where it is gobbled up by fat cells. Fat molecules are absorbed from the blood and stored in these fat cells.

Although fat can enter fat cells more easily than carbohydrates, it is important to note that simple carbohydrates, such as refined flour, processed cereals, sugars, sweets and fruit juices elevate blood glucose and insulin levels. This also stimulates fat storage.

To get fat out of the cell, fat molecules must be released back into the bloodstream and used as fuel. Regular aerobic exercise and a low-fat diet are the best ways to trigger the release of stored fat.

The importance of physical activity cannot be stressed enough if you want to lose body fat and become lean. Aerobic exercise performed daily for 30 minutes or more stimulates fat metabolism. It is consistent exercise that teaches your body how to be an efficient fat burner rather than fat storer.

Additionally, a low-fat diet will also help by inhibiting your body’s fat storage by giving its fat cells less opportunity to grab fat from the bloodstream.    

As always – Live Your Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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