Metabolism’s effect on weight changes has been an often-debated topic. It is partly genetic, often individuals lack control over it and the question still lingers whether there is any possibility to change one’s metabolism. Weight loss is the difference between calories consumed and burned where exercising, daily activities and basal metabolic rate (energy required to keep the body functioning at rest) play major roles in calorie expellation. Its common to see people blame it on their metabolism when they don’t lose weight and this reason is 50% true and a myth the other 50% of the time. Every obese person cannot take this as an opportunity to blame metabolic rates as environmental factors (diet and exercise) play an even greater role in determining our weight ranges. Still, there are exceptions to every law formulated. By eating junk foods and staying inactive your friend might never put on weight while you sweat it out and follow a diet still losing weight remains an arduous task.
Rising obesity and overweight rates are not the permanent fault of diet or exercise but we need to look into other anatomical changes that can result in such increase in weight among people. Its not a new domain and researchers have always been doubting fatty tissue mechanisms which has the potential to make some overweight and ensuring that some others don’t put on weight irrespective of the similarities in their lifestyle. Why allow it to linger on as a doubt when there is every mean to prove it? A team of researchers tested portions of tissue samples from subcutaneous fat taken from the stomach of women before the start of the experiment and once again at the end of the follow-up (10 years) period. Test results showed that lipolysis (the process by which fats are broken down in the body with the help of enzymes/water) could be a determining tool in deciding upon which of the participants would be prone to developing type 2 diabetes. Subcutaneous fat is far better than visceral fat stored in the body. Fat is bad then what difference does it make whether it is subcutaneous or visceral fat? Get to know why by visiting www.firsteatright.com.
In simple words lipolysis is a process where the fat cell frees fatty acids and the resulting energy is used by the muscles. It can be either basal lipolysis (triggered continuously) or hormone-stipulated lipolysis (triggered when there is a need for energy). Researchers found that women who developed obesity later on showed fat cells that were composed of high basal but low hormone-stimulated lipolysis. Such differences put the individual at a 3-6 times higher risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Fat cells of these people take up more fat than they can burn and lead to various problems. The research was conducted on not one but two groups of women and yielded the same results.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.