The Fat Cell Story

Fat Cells

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Picture the following.  They can be very enlightening and persuasive.  (These are very simplified explanations.)

balloon     A new balloon, small and flat.  It doesn’t take up much room and it’s hard to blow up.  What happens when you blow it up?  It’s full and takes up a lot more space.  What happens when you let the air out?  The original shape is now distorted and stretched out, and it’s much easier to refill.  Fat cells work about the same way.  The more we fill them up, the bigger they get, the more space they take, and the more inches we gain.  Once we fill our current supply of fat cells, we have to create more of them to handle any extra fat.  But, it’s believed that once we develop these extra fat cells the body can’t get rid of them  We can empty them, but they don’t go away.  To make things even worse, do you know where your body stores the toxins it can’t get rid of?  You got it – in all your fat cells.  So our fat cells are also our toxic holding tanks.

What happens when we start to lose fat?  The fat is burned as energy because our need for energy increases with higher metabolism and more exercise.  As we release the fat, we also release the toxins back into our bloodstream.  If our liver is congested or not working at its best, or if the toxic load is too big, we may notice cleansing symptoms.  Optimal bowel and liver function is vital; therefore, it might be a good idea to prepare for weight loss with liver and/or colon cleanses.

     Another way to visualize our fat cells is with grapes (full fat cells) and raisins (emptied fat cells).  The inch loss that happens with weight loss is basically our internal grapes becoming raisins and taking up a lot less space.

Here’s yet another visual.  Picture the fat on a raw chicken (that lovely, slimy, white stuff).  That’s pretty much what a bunch of our fat cells put together looks like.  Or how about a pound of lard or shortening.  How many pounds/packages are you carrying around under your skin?

What is visceral fat?

This is the extra fat surrounding our internal organs and it’s very hard to get rid of.  This is the really dangerous stuff because it creates extra pressure on our organs and literally squishes them, contributing to their less than optimal performance.  This is not a good thing.

What about body shape?

Apple or pear shape?  Where you deposit your fat may influence your metabolism and your health.

*Apples – tend to deposit weight around the abdomen, which can mean a faster metabolism and easier weight loss, but apples also have a higher risk of weight-related diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers.

*Pears – tend to deposit weight lower, in the butt and thighs, which can mean a slower metabolism and slower weight loss.  But the good news is pears have a lower risk of weight-related diseases.

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