What we want to talk about today is a different way of looking at your fat cells. Typically we believe that fat cells get bigger when we eat too much. We look at the quantity of food and believe that's the biggest issue and largest factor determining the size of our fat cells. But how true is it, and is there another way to look at them? Let's find out!
We find it really helpful to look at your fat cells as the bodies dump. By that we mean instead of looking at excess food being stored there it's actually better, in terms of weight management, to look at waste being stored there. Things that your body doesn't want floating around in your blood can get dumped in your fat cells. In doing this your body actually protects itself from damage.
Have a look at how your body handles alcohol and it'll be easy to see where this analogy comes from. When you consume alcohol your liver helps filter it out of your blood. The reason behind is because a blood alcohol level that is too high is very dangerous for your body. However, it takes a little whole for your lover to get rid of all the alcohol. To help prevent alcohol poison your body will dump the excess alcohol into your fat cells to get it out of your blood. Then slowly releases it back into your blood as your liver can get rid of it.
Now think about another potential poison when found in too high levels in your blood - sugar! When blood sugar is too high your blood becomes more acidic and more viscous, both aren't good for your body. Some experts even believe that it's constant high blood sugar that damages the artery walls leading to heart disease, not cholesterol, but that's another conversation. As your blood sugar gets too high your body will start pumping sugar into your fat cells to try and get back to a level it's happy with. The difficulty here is that the sugar is changed into something called a triglyceride when it's stored. A triglyceride is a type of fat, so that's how sugar can make you fatter.
Just like with the alcohol your body would like to release this sugar back into your blood once your levels drop. That will allow you to burn it off safely and prevent you storing it as fat for a long period of time. The issue here is that with our diets now so full of sugar and other other chemicals that have similar effects on your body your body doesn't get a chance to release the sugar to burn it off, instead we keep piling it into the fat cells. These get bigger and bigger and bigger and we put weight on and start to get issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
That's it for today. Now you've read this we hope you can start to think that it's not the quantity of food that you eat that has the biggest impact on your fat cells but it's the content of that food. Have a go at dropping your sugar intake and you'll be on the way towards fat loss!
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