Things You Didn’t Know About Fat

Things about Fat: Over the years, we have been hearing health risks of eating excess fat, or health benefits of low-fat diet. Here are some useful things about fat that you might not be familiar with.

Himanshu Sharma
Exercise & FitnessWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Mar 15, 2012
Things You Didn’t Know About Fat

Things You Didnt Know About Fat

There will be several things that you might not know about fat, regardless effects of low-fat diet are highlighted in almost every health-related discussion. What is the actual meaning of term ‘fat’, which is used so very often? Generally associated with excess muscle mass, fat actually has a vital role to maintain body mechanisms.

Fat Cells

Fat cells are generated with consumption of calories, which usually expand up to six times than their size. These cells reach maturity at the age of 16 years. Thereafter, lifestyle and genes’ impact enables gaining or losing weight. Fat cells also secrete estrogen that disturbs hormonal balance, leading to illnesses, health risks and complications.

What Happens when you Lose Weight?

When you shed excess weight, the fat cells only shrink. The shrinking of fat cells is often confused with their elimination. However, if you are losing fat in a controlled manner, fat cells can still swell and multiply. In this case, cells remain within the body and are less active metabolically.

Connection of Fat Cells with Inflammation

Fat tissue attract macrophages, the immune system cells that catalyses inflammation within the body. Therefore, consumption of extra calories will add to the vows for the overweight individuals, wherein body loses immunity to fight against infections.

Behaviour of Fat Cells in Different Parts of the Body

It has been observed that men become fat from the midsection region. The concentration of fat cells in the belly region is more, alleviating the risk of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing blood sugar level. Unlike hip or thigh fat that is stored just beneath the skin, abdominal fat cells are deeper within the body. But these cells are metabolically more active than others present elsewhere, but are the causes of diabetes, liver dysfunction, coronary artery disease, stroke and some cancer forms.

Fats are Essential for Body’s Natural Processes

Body is most likely to suffer with insufficient consumption of fats. One of the primary functions of fats is transportation of vitamins throughout the body, energy production and regulation of cholesterol levels. Deficit of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) will make it difficult for body to absorb calcium, producing hormones and blood circulation. Among health risks due to inadequate fat content in the body are night blindness, rickets, anaemia and brittle bones.

Necessary Amount of Fat Content

Health experts agree to the fact that 30% of your total daily calories should be fat calories. But one must understand that fat has twice the number of calories of a carbohydrate or protein, and therefore relatively healthier.


The quota of 30% fat consumption should be chosen wisely. Treat yourself with healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and fatty fish, whereas bad fats such as fried food, baked goods and sugary soft drinks should be avoided. Besides, exercise entire body on a regular basis in order to avoid health risks that arise due to excess fats.


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