Written by: Wallace Merriman

Do Fat Cells Ever Go Away?
Posted on:Oct 4, 2020

Fat Cells Don’t Go Away

The average American has about 30 billion fat cells; each of them is filled with greasy substances called lipids. When you pump junk food into your system, those fat cells can expand—up to 1,000 times their original size. But a fat cell can get only so big; once it reaches its physical limit, it creates spin-offs, leaving you with two or more fat cells for the price of one. Here is the problem, Fat cells have a no-return policy.

Once you have a fat cell, you’re stuck with it. So as you grow fatter and double the number of fat cells in your body, you also double the difficulty you’ll have losing the lipids inside them. There are some things you just don’t want to duplicate. The solution is eating foods that are minimally processed or are unchanged. They don’t have added ingredients. Examples are fruits, veggies, meat, and fish. These whole foods are things humans have been eating since humans have existed and are NOT created in a lab.

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Weight gained is caused by the creation and expansion of white fat cells, or adipose tissue. Dieting can shrink fat cells but not eliminate them, which is why people can gain the weight back so quickly. 

When you go into a calorie deficit, by eating fewer calories than your body requires, your cells release fat to be used as fuel. While the fat cells shrink, the number of fat cells remains the same. Once your body has made fat cells, you have those fat cells forever. While that sounds dire, all hope for creating and maintaining a healthy weight is not lost. Once fat cells shrink, they start secreting the beneficial hormone once again, which is great for your health.

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