Is it true that we are born with all the fat cells we will ever have?
No, this is a fallacy. Our bodies are born with a certain number of fat cells, but that number can change. If we take in more Calories than our bodies need, this surplus will be converted and stored in the available fat cells (adipocytes). Once those are full, if we continue to take in a surplus, these adipocytes will divide, creating two from one, and four from two, and so on. Scientists believe this is one of the reason people weight cycle, and each time it appears to be harder to lose weight -- because in fact there are more fat cells that have the potential to expand each time around.

Continue Learning about Fats


At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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