Why is Weight Bad?

There is a crisis of obesity around the world. Diabetes and heart disease are rampant. People are not living healthy lives that will extend the human life span. The situation is dire. This is what the media tells us. We know that weight looks bad and feels bad. There is science behind it. It has been proven to affect the body in many ways, not the least of which is diabetes. Just what happens to the fat in our system on a cellular level?

We ingest calories from a variety of foods. Some are nutritious, some are converted to fat. You can’t make muscle of it so it is pretty useless unless you need to burn it with your carb intake for a strenuous exercise and fitness program like the ones provided on this web site. Muscle and fat are completely alien types of tissue but usually the goal of a gym session is to gain one and lose the other. From that point of view, there is a parallel.

When you build muscle you eventually burn more energy than fat. So it all works out in the long run. In the short run, the fat may win the battle of the bulge. Now it is important to some extent in small doses as a backup energy source if carbohydrates are short in supply. Fat also absorbs and stores vitamins. Furthermore it insulates the body providing stability to the core temperature. Heart healthy fats you eat sustain cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. But that’s it. We don’t went fats accumulating in the belly, upper thighs, etc.

When things get out of balance, the body gains weight in the wrong way. That goes for both carbs and fats. Carbs are converted into glycogen for cellular storage but the metabolic pathway that is normal can become saturated. Then fat is produced. It is called lipogenesis and you want to pay attention to it. The rate is higher in the obese. If you are starting to panic just thinking about this, the time is right for some gym time and muscle toning.

You can lower the daily fat production by many grams if you follow a serious regimen. Exercise is important and vital to cut carbohydrate conversion. If the body is storing fuel and not using it, the burning ability shuts down. If you want to get more technical, a diet rich in fat activates lipoytic or fat burning enzymes and decreases the fat producing enzymes. The body has specific energy sources: free fatty acids and triglycerides. The latter are broken down into the former which are them metabolized into ketones. These are used by body cells for energy. Thus both glycogen and ketones are sources of it.

This is getting deeper and deeper so take my word for it, there is a consequence physiologically speaking to increased weight. You need, in short, to burn energy to maintain your best ideal weight utilizing exercise as the means. There is the whole issue of insulin secretion and much more is involved in any discussion of metabolism. For the moment, think about where you stand and how you plan to remedy your situation.