How Our Body Stores Fat


People speak of fat without the most enthusiastic of feelings. They consider the substance as somewhat an adversary to a good-looking body. But what you sometimes fail to realize is that your body needs fats. There are a whole lot other purpose for having a certain amount of fat. What is alarming is when you have too much of it. As long as you maintain the amount that is just enough to make your body function well enough, you would not have weight problems.

Another important matter to understand is how your body stores the fat that you consume. This is so that you know how to control yourself from consuming too much fat that your body does not need.

Most of the fat that your body stores is called subcutaneous. It is found right under your skin. But there are also some fats you can find in your liver, on top of your kidneys and of course in your muscles. In most men, fat can be concentrated in their abdomen, chest and buttocks. Women, on the contrary, have fats mostly in their breast area, waist, hips and buttocks. This is why men have apple-shaped bodies, with the upper part larger than the lower half. Meanwhile, women have pear-shaped bodies with the lower half bigger.

When you look into the more complicated process of fat storage, you would understand that enzymes called lipoprotein lipases breaks the fats in the foods you consume into fatty acids. Your blood absorbs these fatty acids. Then, the fatty acids are distributed into fat cells. They are also transported to cells in your muscles and liver. Medically, there are also parts of your body called adipose or fat tissues. Fats are stored in these tissues and are to be used as energy reserves.

If you have consumed too much fat, the excess is stored in lipocytes. As the excess fat increases, the size of your lipocytes does as well. These reserves are only released when your body needs more energy to perform certain activities.

Knowing how your body absorbs the fats in the foods you take is beneficial in that you can adjust your eating habits to suit your body fat needs. You would tend to eat lesser fatty foods if you know that your body already has too much fat in it and consume more if you have a relatively small amount of fat. To know more about how body fats are store in the body ask questions to you trusted physician.