how do we gain so much weight?
words by iona
We all need fat to keep our bodies warm and protect our internal organs, but for many people fat can become the bane of their lives, making its way in abundance to annoying places like tummies and thighs!
We are all born with a certain number of fat cells, and our bodies don’t gain more or lose any of these cells throughout our lives (unless by surgical means!). The cells either expand or shrink, and this all comes down to one simple concept:
ENERGY IN VS ENERGY OUT
It really is as simple as that, and let’s be 100% honest here, you already know that this is true; I am just putting it in black and white so you can’t keep on pretending that you’re the ‘exception to the rule’ and for some highly mysterious medical reason – which has left doctors scratching their heads - you can’t lose weight.
If you eat more food than your body can use up as energy then your fat cells will store more fat, and consequently you will gain weight. If you gain a lot of weight, the cells can actually grow ‘alpha-receptors’. These are like little arms growing out from the fat cell, which grab and accumulate more fat, making the cell (and you) even bigger. Cruel I know, but it’s true!
If you eat just the amount of food that your body needs to function then your fat cells will stay the same size and your weight will remain stable.
If you eat less food than your body uses up as energy, then your body will go into the fat cells, start using the stored fat for energy, the fat cells will shrink, and consequently you will get thinner!
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