The body is an amazing piece of machinery, it’s complexity tends to leave us perplexed and curious. When it comes to dieting we become even more dumbfound as to where we begin. Education and understanding is usually a good first step. When we use the word fat, it is usually not in a good way. Dieters hate the word “fat”, overweight individuals hate the word “fat”, as do bodybuilders, models, and athletes. Fat has gotten such a bad rap, so we decided to create a fact sheet about fat, and let you decide if “fat” is a friend or foe.
Remember when the goal is to lose weight you need to consume less calories than you burn, also look at the nutrition label and see how many calories are derived from fat. Keep your daily fat intake at less than 41 grams per day – Yes we hate the word fat, but we need it. Moderation is key, eating smart is key. For instance a Burger King Whopper contains 40 grams of fat. An average serving of chicken breast weighs in at about 6 ounces and has about 4.4 grams of fat.
- An average, size 10, slim female carries approximately 100,000 calories of fat on her body. One pound of fat is equal to about 3,500 calories, this would mean that the average woman carries about 28.5 lbs of fat on her body. That’s equal to 54 packs of butter in total but before you get too depressed, it’s also enough to fuel the energy required to shop for 86 days!
- Thinking can make you fat! Brand new research, conducted at Laval University in Canada has shown that although thinking hard and concentrating doesn’t require any extra calories, it does stimulate the body to feel hungrier. So much so in fact that volunteers of the study that were asked to carry out mentally challenging tasks went on to eat 253 more calories (almost 30% more) in just one meal than those that were told to daydream.
- Most people gain an average of just 1g of extra body fat a day – but before you reach for that second slice of cake consider this… 1 gram a day equals 365 grams of extra body fat a year. 365 grams of extra body fat over 25 years can add up to an additional 20 lbs in fat.
- The average person carries over 50 Billion fat cells, or roughly 8 times more fat cells than there are people on this earth. (est 6 Billion)
- Fat cells do not increase in number after puberty. However, fat cells can grow up to 10 times it’s normal size. When you gain or lose weight you are not increasing/decreasing the number of fat cells, rather you are inflating or deflating the size of the cells you currently have.
- Fat cells exist in all parts of the body except the eyelids, parts of the esophagus, the brain and the penis.
- Female breasts are composed almost entirely of fat.
- Spot reduction, is a myth. Situps will not make your tummy slimmer, it will only build muscle under the layer of fat that exists. Use calorie restrictions. Our 30-Day Challenge includes our great tasting meal replacement shake that is only 100 calories, our fat burning supplement Max, and our antioxidant hunger suppressant Limitless, everything you need to lose weight and feel great! Add some sort of cardio to the mix and you should have the 6 pack of your dreams in no time.
- 1 pound of body fat is equal to 3,500 calories. To burn off 3,500 calories the average woman would need to do 6 step classes, walk briskly for almost 9 hours or run for 33 miles. But don’t let this scare you. The body will burn on average 60 calories an hour while sleeping. To eat 3,500 calories she’d need to chomp through almost 50 apples or just (3) 8 ounce bags of extruded cheese based puffs with each bag containing 1269 calories.
- At 9 calories per gram, fat is the most calorific nutrient we can eat. Alcohol contains 7 Kcals per gram. Protein and carbohydrate contain approximately 4 Kcals per gram.
- The places you predominantly store fat and the places you lose it from first are largely determined by your gender (women tend to store it around their hips, bottom and thighs, men around their abdomen) and your genes – so choose your parents wisely!
- Fat cells live for an average of ten years. Once a fat cell dies the body makes a brand new one to take its place. However, once brain cells die they are gone for good which is why as we age we may lose our memory but love handles can stay for life!
- Fat cells die at the rate of 150 per second.
- An average fat cell can only store half a millionth of a gram of fat therefore it takes 4 million fat cells to store the energy equivalent of a Tic Tac.
- Remember how important water is for your weight loss goals. It provides an internal shower that releases toxins from your body. Try to consume 100 oz a day.