Fat Metabolism


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Contrary to popular belief, like all of the nutrients, fat is beneficial in the right amounts. Body fat provides much of the energy that muscles use to function. In the body, it provides many services we would not want to do without. Fat is a built-in protective mechanism that ensures survival, maintains cell structure, supplies fuel, and aids in the absorption of vitamins.


The group known as fats is chemically termed as lipids. The function of a fat cell is to store and release calories when needed. Whenever lipids are free in the bloodstream, there is an opportunity for the fat cells is lipogenesis and the enzymes that assist in the process is lipolytic. Enzymes are utilized when fat is released (lipolysis). Both the size and number of fat cells and enzymes differ in men and women. The total amount of fat cells in a woman is greater than a man. Women’s fat cells are larger, and they have more storage enzymes. Men, on the other hand, possess smaller fat cells and fewer releasing enzymes.


Fat storage takes place after meals when fat is more abundant in the bloodstream, and the release of fat occurs during periods of caloric reduction of fasting. When one reduces caloric intake, the fat storage enzymes activate in preparation for a diet period and the cells become less efficient at losing fat. Continuous “Yo-Yo’ dieting increases this process, leaving one with more active storage cells and less efficient releasing fat each subsequent time. In sum, with each subsequent diet, one will lose weight more slowly and gain it easier when returning to regular eating habits. A personalized weight loss plan will allow you to safely lose and manage your weight while eliminating the effects of “Yo-Yo’ dieting.


Theory suggests that the overconsumption of fat and its storage in the body contributes to one’s susceptibility to diabetes, gallbladder disease, cancer, and heart disease. To avoid these conditions, the dietary guidelines for Americans recommend avoiding excess fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. To stay within these guidelines, one must identify the various types of fat and the foods they are found in. A personalized nutrition analysis will determine your fat intake and recommend the amounts you should consume to maintain good health.

To obtain a personalized weight management program, contact a professional nutritionist, or your local health club.

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