The Real Reason Why We Gain Weight

In order to get rid of fat for good, it's important to understand what it really is and how it originates. There are a million different buzz words thrown around that make it confusing as to what and when to eat it to lose weight. But, what it really comes down to is this: if you eat more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight.

You are what you eat. As Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, MD, says, when you eat a fatty meal, your body breaks down the fat, protein and carbohydrates with digestive enzymes. "Insulin thyrodi hormones and a host of other elements build the food back up as fat droplets in the fat cell. We have to break food down to build it back up because fat molecules themselves are too large to move through cell membranes." Feeding the body with too many calories that don't get used up properly causes fat to become stored in the fat cells.

When you gain weight you don't actually make new fat cells. Instead, the cells start to fill up with fat and swell in size. Think of it like putting more water in a plastic bag than what it's designed to hold--the bag becomes full tot he point that it's bursting at the seams because there's nowhere for the water to go. That same concept is happening inside your body.

Duxbury, MA, plastic surgeon Christine Hamori, MD, says that the location of weight gain is usually genetically predetermined. Some people are more inclined to gain weight in their trunk, while others gain weight in their thighs or legs.

Now that your cells have become engorged, the only way to get them back to a normal size is with diet and exercise, or by eliminating the cells entirely from your body. using up the unnecessary calories through working out and minimzing how many calories you fee your body will force the enlarged fat cells to shrink. As the cells shrink, you will lose weight.

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