10 Facts about Body Fats

The rate of obesity is going up not just in the UK but in other countries as well. Understanding the nature of body fat, its functions and limitations can save you from various health problems that are associated with it. Please call me on 02380639913 for more information on  weekly weight planning and loss with me, Steve using Cambridge Weight Plan low calorie nutritional food products.

10 Facts About Body Fats

1.       Fats have essential role in our health, and that’s about storing energy.
Most of us think of body fats as enemies. But they too, have an important function in our health. Fats keep us warm, stores energy from our food so we can use it anytime we need it. Without fats, you rarely have enough energy to sustain heavy physical activities and workouts. Also, body fats house chemical reactions that regulate growth and immunity. But if your body keeps on storing fats more than you burn, that’s when you start gaining weight. To maintain a lean body, you need to make sure that you are able to expend fats that are equivalent to how much you store.

2.       Even your hair needs fats.
Every part of your body needs fats, even your hair. Fatty acids play a critical role in keeping your hair and skin glowing and healthy.

3.       You can measure your body fats through BMI.
BMI or Body Mass Index is a good way to tell how much body fats you have. It is a number based on your height and weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 means you are overweight whilst a BMI of over 30 means you are obese.

4.       Too much body fats raise your risk of developing fertility problems.
Believe it or not – body fat has a crucial role in fertility. One type of fat, in particular, is responsible for producing oestrogen. But too little or too much fat can lead to problems. In the case of obesity, too much fat can lead to overproduction of oestrogen which disrupts a woman’s ovulation period, making it hard to achieve pregnancy.

5.       Belly is the worst place to develop fats.
People with apple-shaped bodies are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who maintain a flat stomach. Fats in your midsection tend to swaddle with the organs that play a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels, thus, increasing the risk of diabetes. In an American study entitled “Central Obesity and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk in the U.S. Population”, researchers found that abdominal fat does not only make people vulnerable to diabetes, but also to hypertension, stroke and heart disease.

6.       You need lean muscles to burn fats.
Many people, especially women, don’t go to the gym because they think they are going to develop muscles and look like men. But we all need muscles to lose extra weight. Once you developed strong and lean muscles, your body can burn fats easier, even when you’re asleep! Women shouldn’t worry about developing bulgy muscles due to hormonal factors.

7.       You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of weight.
If you want to lose weight faster, consider burning 500 calories per day in one week so you could lose one pound. If you can, try burning 1,000 calories per day to lose 2 pounds in a week. But that’s going to be a lot of workout. Another way to promote calorie loss is to consume fewer calories than what you burn. This means you just don’t focus on exercising but also in controlling your food intake.

8.       High cholesterol is partly genetic.
Some people develop high cholesterol due to their genetic makeup. Meaning, it has been passed on to them by their parents. Nevertheless, it is possible to lower down your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and reduce your risk of developing heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. You can do this by losing weight, eating a balanced diet, and adopting an active lifestyle.

9.       The ideal BMI category is the low end of normal.
Incorrect dieting can make you become underweight which exposes you to many health problems. So just aim for a BMI at the normal range, if possible, at the low end of this category. This reduces your risk of developing weight-related diseases.

10.   If the trend does not end, half of the UK population will be obese by 2030.
In a paper published in the journal Lancet, researchers examined the issues surrounding the current worldwide obesity ‘pandemic’. They looked at the data of UK and US populations which have the highest obesity levels in the world for the past 20 years. They predicted that if the trend continues, 48% of men and 43% of women in the UK could be obese by 2030. This will correspond to an additional cost of £1.9-2 billion per year in medical costs for obesity-related diseases.

I hope this information is of use to you and I look forward to helping you. Please call me on 02380639913 for more information on weekly weight planning and loss at al Covo with me, Steve using Cambridge Weight Plan low calorie nutritional food products.

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