According to new research by Oxford University, our bodies break down fat a lot quicker than previously thought. In fact, once eaten, fat can be stored on the waist line within hours and those who tuck in at dinner time or snack late at night are particularly likely to store excess fat around the middle.
The average person can add the equivalent of two to three teaspoons of fat to their waistline in a matter of three to four of hours after eating. Eating again shortly after a big meal will increase the amount of fat stored around your midriff, and see your waistline grow and grow.
It had previously been thought that weight gain is gradual and that fat from the foods we eat is transported from the gut into the blood, where it is used by the muscles as needed. Any excess fat was thought to be slowly removed and stored in the fatty, or adipose, tissue around the waist, hips and legs.
But in a recent experiment conducted by Oxford University, volunteers ate fat which could be traced around the body. The study found that fat was broken down in roughly an hour by the gut and then would enter the blood stream as tiny droplets. These droplets were then whisked around the body before they were ‘caught’ and stored. Fredrik Karpe, professor of metabolic medicine, says, ‘The cells in the adipose tissue around the waist catch the fat droplets as the blood carries them and incorporates them into the cells for storage’.
Only a small amount of the fat found in breakfast takes this route, but by dinner, the amount rises to half. This is due to hormonal changes that occur later in the day which make it easier for the waistline to trap passing fat droplets.
This storage system is temporary, but when we overeat the constant accumulation of fat around the middle can lead to weight gain and fat settling around the middle which is particularly harmful and could take years off your life.
As always, exercise is key and the secret to a long and healthy life is as simple as keeping fat away from your waistline and protecting the body’s vital organs. To keep your tummy trim, look no further than your Power Plate. A simple combination of the side plank, the V Sit and Woodchops using the Power Plate Pro5 could be the perfect addition to your current healthy diet and exercise regime, to help keep you in shape to show off your abs this summer!
In fact, a study on obese people found that regular use of the Power Plate machine, in combination with a calorie-controlled diet, actually helped them to not only lose adipose fat, but also keep it off for longer when compared to diet alone or diet and traditional exercise. Find out more here.
– Dr. Leif
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