Today’s installment may be a bit “hard to digest”, but if you understand what is truly necessary to do in order to succeed at losing weight (fat, more specifically), you’ll finally be able to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Let’s start with the basics. Everyone has fat cells that store, what else, fat. Believe it or not, the “average” adult human has approximately 40 billion fat cells, compared to eight to 10 times more for the overweight to clinically obese, those who rate at 30 or above the BMI or Body Fat Percentage scale. And, there is a direct correlation between the number of fat cells an individual has and that person’s body’s ability to lose, store and gain more fat.
Seems to make sense. Right? The more fat cells you have, the more fat you will store, the larger your fat cells will grow, the heavier you will get and the tougher it will be for you to lose the stored fat. The good news here is that, while it will be tough, it is possible to lose weight (fat), even if you are obese. However, be warned, once an adult, fat cells no longer disappear (as they do when we are younger), they only shrink. Meaning, that if you want to lose the weight and keep it off, you have to change your eating habits forever and keep the size of your cells shrunken.
That’s right my friends. I’ve seen it many times. A client, or friend, will lose 40, 60 or even 100 pounds and if there is no long-term and continued lifestyle change, once that person resumes their “normal” eating patterns, they slowly gain it all, if not more, back; along with more fat cells! And so, the cycle continues.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t just apply to the obese. It applies to all adults who struggle to lose however many pounds they are shooting for. Once your body reaches adulthood, fat cells can only shrink or multiply, they can’t reduce in number. That’s why when people have liposuction or other similar procedures, the fat comes back in different areas. The same amount of fat cells are still in the body. The fat just gets redistributed.
Did you read that last paragraph carefully? Yes, I said fat cells can “multiply”! How? Simply by being sedentary, through aging and eating the same or worse than you normally do; especially “food items” consisting of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats as they hasten fat cell development. While it’s obviously possible to lose weight as an adult and keep it off, hormones such as leptin and estrogen tell the body to eat in order to get filled back up. And, once they’ve “topped off”, they multiply. Therefore, it is a constant battle to remain “lean” without gaining the weight back.
But that’s where your consistency comes in. In order to combat your body’s internal battle with the fat cells, you have to take the fight externally and consistently choose to eat right and exercise with weights (in order to build muscle – which we know burns fat).