How Fat Cells Work

Having a basic understanding about how fat cells work will give you the insight that you need in order to be better able to deal with your weight. Fat cells are different from other types of cells in your body, and the way that they develop and can be eliminated is crucial to your full understanding of how to best lose weight.

It’s important to understand that fat cells are not developed throughout your life; rather, they are inborn and do not tend to change in number as a result of normal activities. The amount of fat stored in each cell is what will cause changes to your weight. Knowing how to control this will be very effective for you as you maintain a healthy diet and good lifestyle choices like exercise and other healthy habits.

Fat Cell Basics

Each person is born with a set number of fat cells. The exact number that you have in your body can fluctuate greatly and is dependent upon a number of factors, including your genetic background. If anyone is predisposed to being fat, it may be because of this condition. A normal, healthy person at a standard weight generally has around 30 billion fat cells in her body. A person who is born overweight or obese may have upwards of 250 billion fat cells in her body. Women tend to have a good number more fat cells in their bodies than men do, for physiological reasons that are beyond control.

Fat cells are not “burned up” and destroyed, as many people assume they are. Rather, each cell will remain in your body. The changes that take place have to do with the amount of fat that is stored in each one of the cells. As you continue to gain in calories, those calories are split up throughout the fat cells of your body. For men, fat cells around the stomach usually tend to assume the bulk of the excess calories of food. For women, the fat cells in other parts of the body may share in the load a bit more evenly, or it may be targeted in fat cells in a particular location. How this happens for you will also be dependent upon certain genetic factors.

Other Information

Losing fat does not involve literally burning the fat that is contained within each of the cells up. Rather, as you lose weight, the fat that is stored up within each of the cells is released as free fat agents into your bloodstream. The various other cells in your body will take this fat and then utilize it as extra energy. It is this process that results in a loss of weight, as the fat is removed from your cells.

Certain procedures to eliminate fat cells from your body will remove the fat itself, while others will remove the cells wholesale. For more information about fat and your body and how fat cells work, speak with a doctor.


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