Phillip Minton M.D.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Fat Cells But Were Afraid To Ask

In diet on June 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

Why are so many of us obese? Why can’t we keep the weight off once lost? A big part of the problem are our fat cells. They are able to “force” us into staying obese.

We all know that fat cells store fat. An accumulation of fat cells is known as adipose tissue, or “body fat”. Body fat increases in size by two mechanisms – increases in the number of fat cells, and of the size of each fat cell.

When we diet, we shrink the size of our fat cells. Unfortunately, each shrunken fat cell is able to signal our brain, causing us to want to eat fatty and sugary foods to refill them. This leads us to an important bit of knowledge. It is that one powerful way to keep from regaining weight after losing it is to physically remove a portion of our fat cells. That way they cannot send chemical messengers to our brain encouraging us to eat high calorie foods.

Liposuction and fat removal surgery are more and more commonly being used to assist in the process of permanent weight loss, because they permanently remove fat cells, thus removing a powerful source of “adipose recidivism”.


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