May 29, 2007 2:29pm CST
There is a common misconception regarding fat and fat loss that I'd like to point out to those who may not know. Fat cells can not actually be "lost." Fat cells have the ability to shrink and expand. If a fat cell expands too much, it will split in half, causing you to have additional fat cells. When you diet and exercise, your fat cells shrink, but they never disappear. This is why it's important to maintain a healthy weight, especially after you have lost a significant amount of weight. Regaining weight causes the cells to grow and split, giving you even more cells. They may shrink, but they all need somewhere in your body to go. This is why some people find it hard to get back down to their "original" weight. You have to deal with the fact that you now have a permanently altered number of fat cells - they may shrink, but they're still there and you now have more of them. I hope this is clear and sheds some light for some. Let me know if it wasn't or if you have questions.
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30 May 07
Most of us do. Unfortunately, those that lose weight the fastest tend to do it by means of unhealthy fad diets or starvation. So, stick with whatever you do to stay healthy and don't worry about your weight as much in the grand scheme of things. Slowly but surely works for us all!
28 Dec 07
Diets are hard to suggest because what worked for one may not work for someone else. I do have a tip for you that I got out of woman's world magazine.drink plenty of water before and after the meal. Having a lot of water in the belly while eating not only helps fill us up but speeds up the digestion time in the belly and so the food;s not in the belly long enough to consume a lot of calories. I used the South Beach diet and lost nearly 40 pounds. More importantly, I have not gained it back after 2 years. I followed the diet and have continued to use the healthy eating plan and continue to maintain my weight.