Where’s the FAT?

I came across this interesting article today. Thought i’d share it here.

When you’re losing weight, where does the fat go?

By Madison Park, CNN

(CNN) — Multiple chins, bulging tummies and flabby arms: It’s easy to see where fat accumulates on the body.

When a person starts losing weight, where does the fat go? And what parts of the body can you expect to see results?

Headlines from fitness magazines promise exercises to blast away belly fat and activities to spot-reduce flab. The scientific evidence, unfortunately, doesn’t back those sexy headlines.

Here are three things to know about weight-loss and body fat.

You can’t change your shape, just your size.

You can’t cherry-pick where you shed fat; weight loss doesn’t work like a point-and-shoot.

MRIs, CT scans and dexa scans, which use X-ray beams to measure body composition, show no evidence for spot reduction.

“Basically, when we lose weight, we lose weight all over in exactly the proportion that’s distributed throughout our body,” said Susan Fried, director of the Boston Obesity and Nutrition Research Center at the Boston University School of Medicine.  read the rest here

Here’s the part that most struck me from the article

Humans carry about 10 billion to 30 billion fat cells. People who are obese can have up to 100 billion.

“If anyone of us overeats long and hard enough, we can increase the number of fat cells in our body,” Fried said. “When we lose weight, we don’t lose the number of fat cells.”

The size of the cells shrinks, but the capacity to expand is always there.

The basic truth seems to be that once you’ve expanded your fat cell count, they’re with you for life and ready to pop back to full size at any moment. It’s a sad sad truth!



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Americans Run on Junk Foods

I read a story today about weight gain in rats and how rats fed a ‘typical American diet’ gained more wait than rats fed good old fashion lard. It has given me great pause! Here’s the story….

Rats fed a snack-based diet of highly palatable, energy-dense foods gained more weight, had more tissue inflammation, and were intolerant to glucose and insulin (warning signs of diabetes) than rats whose diets were high fat from lard. The study is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of the journal Obesity.

“Obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States,” says Liza Makowski, assistant professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilland the study’s senior author. “These findings provide us with a better animal model to help explore what factors are contributing most to this dangerous trend, and what strategies for prevention and treatment of obesity will be most successful.”

Using obese rats in laboratory experiments has been a common practice for decades, but rodents are typically made obese on manufactured lard-based, high-fat diets, Makowski notes. Her team showed that feeding the rats a diet that more closely resembles a typical American diet filled with snacks—known as the “cafeteria diet,” or CAF—revealed even more severe risks and emphasized the potentially harmful nature of excessive snacking.

“Although we can’t pinpoint what component of these snacks is causing these pre-diabetes conditions, we show that the ‘cafeteria diet’ provides a more severe animal model of metabolic syndrome than lard-based high-fat diets,” she says.

Metabolic syndrome is the cluster of factors that increase a person’s risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

“The rapid gain in weight, extensive obesity, and multiorgan dysfunctions observed in the CAF model more closely reflect what is happening to humans who eat these snack foods regularly,” Makowski says.

The researchers note that rats fed the tasty, highly palatable cafeteria diet ate more food—about 30 percent more calories—than those eating high-fat or high-sugar diets.

“By the second week, rats on the lard-based, high-fat diet actually ate less, dropping their caloric intake to the same intake as rats on a standard, or healthy, diet,” Makowski says. “However, the CAF-fed rats continued to eat more, and gained almost double the weight of rats on the standard diet.”

Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Duke University, and Indiana University contributed to the study.

On Monday of this week, I had my own realization about myself and food taste and eating satisfaction. (I’ll post my insights tomorrow)

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The Goal is the Same (the reason has changed)

I started this blog last year on a whim. I read an article in and thought ‘cool, I’ll just lose 100 lbs and write a blog about it! As you might imagine, writing a blog was not enough of a reason to make me stick to any dietary restrictions or regularly visit a gym (BIG SURPRISE)!

However, I have a new reason to attempt my goal; A MUCH more valid reason. Let me explain. My father’s family are all diabetics. We are all big people. Sure we’re overweight, but we’re also large even when we’re skin and bones (I know this because I have been there – years ago). I have always believed I would become a diabetic. The genetics are just stacked against me.

Several years ago (about 5) my sister developed diabetes. She is seven years my senior and it was really a wake-up call for me. Not in a dietary or exercise since but I did begin monitoring my blood sugar. At that time I was running about 100 for my fasting blood sugar. That number has steadily creeped up, until my fasting blood sugar level was a consistent 150. My wake up call had become a glaring alarm.

My Daily Test Kit

I am taking action! Over the past six weeks (yes that includes the Christmas Holiday and my Birthday) I have eliminated the majority of sugar from my diet. Gone are the sugary soft drinks, gone are my daily Little Debbie Swiss Cakes, Gone is the sugary coffee creamer. I am proud to say that my fasting blood sugar is now checking in at 115-120!

My goal is to have my fasting blood sugar consistently below 100. The next phase is going to require some time at the gym and dropping poundage. I know I can do it! I hope you will join me on my journey.

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My Quest for Average

I wrote a blog post for my blog (The outRAGEous Experiment) on July 5, 2010. Here’s the post and my challenge to myself:

There has been a running conversation in my house about change. No, not the kind of change we were promised in the last election (and failed to get, I might mention) but a change on a much more personal level. I feel that my life has become, well less than….
So, we (I) am embarking on a world of change. I have already begun. Today I cut a tree that was bothering me from my back yard. I bought a new rug for my living room and that room will be rearranged by weeks end. I have plans to paint my office in two weeks (my next available weekend). However, it is just NOT enough.

The change I am looking for is deeper and far more personal. I read today that 3.8 million people in the United States are over the 300 lb mark! I feel their pain! Although I am not over 300lbs, I am far closer than I am happy to admit! The article I read went on to say that in the US, the female average weighs at an unprecedented 163 lbs.

I must admit I would be happy to be weighing in at 163. Therefore, I am officially and publicly declaring it my goal! By the Fourth of July next year, I will be average 🙂

Welcome to the journey

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