By Dr. Aaron Richardet
Some of you may be concerned about potential weight gain as we head into fall and winter across the United States. Especially during the holidays – from Thanksgiving to New Year’s – American’s tend to put on more weight with all of the big meals, parties and sweet snacks to partake in. The average American gains two pounds during the holiday season and that weight can become a permanent fixture if measures are not taken to shed the unwanted pounds.
A large part of weight loss, and looking your best, is understanding your body and the complexity behind the science of weight loss. The best place to start on your path towards a leaner fitter you is learning how your body stores fat and what that fat is used for.
As the human species evolved, storing fat became an essential factor for human survival during food shortages. The fat was stored as an emergency supply of energy when rel=”nofollow”>food could not be found. However, while many people no longer go hungry for long periods of time, our body still processes food like it did when fat storage was essential for survival.
Now that we eat more and exercise less than our ancestors, obesity has become a major problem across the country. So where is fat stored in the body? How does the body process fat?
Fat itself is high in energy and obviously prevalent in a lot of foods found in the U.S. Junk food in particular has a high fat content and can make people not feel as full after eating, which can lead to overeating.
When fats – also known as triglycerides – are consumed, the human body breaks it down to pass it into the blood stream. At that point it is either burned for energy or stored for future use. When fat is ingested, it is stored in fat cells known as adipocytes. These fat cells are found around the body, just under the skin, and are also prominent in the abdominal region. If the fat is not burned for energy, it is continually stored until it is needed to supplement the body’s energy needs. Overeating and an inactive lifestyle can lead to a slower metabolism and less need for the body to burn fat. If fat is ingested but not burned for energy, the body will continue to store it, leading to health problems and obesity.
Fat storage in our waist and abdomen area can be particularly problematic. There are two types of fat within the midsection of the human body, visceral – the fat that surrounds our organs – and subcutaneous – the fat around your midsection that you can grab and squeeze. While visceral fat causes the majority of health problems, it is generally easier to manage through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Subcutaneous fat – while less problematic for health concerns – can be extremely hard to lose and is the primary cause behind unflattering features like “beer bellies” and “love handles”.
This is why at the Slim Co., our Laser LED Lipo technology targets particular problem areas on your body. We literally put the light pad directly on the areas most common to fat storage and let the technology melt the fat away. In six sessions, you can say goodbye to your love handles or beer belly and hello to a better, leaner you.
If you want a better looking body, diet and exercise can only do so much. Let a Slim Co. fat loss professional technician help you target your problem areas and guide you on a path to a fitter life! Your better body is just a phone call away with sessions from The Slim Co.