There are many questions that one can ask about the human body and how it functions. If we look at the modern population, everyone is conscious about their weight.
The more fats one consumes, the heavier one will be. First of all we must know how the fats get into the body or how they are produced in the body, so that we can get rid of them. Fats are actually a combination of many types or we can say that they are a class of the compounds that are present in the body.
Fats enter the body through the foods that we consume. The foods that contain fats, and the fats themselves that give the foods great flavor, are favorites for many people. We eat butter, margarine, French fries, high fat cheese, oils and other products that contain fats.
The fats go into the body and do not absorb like other substances, such as salt and glucose, but they are absorbed after they are broken down into their component pieces. The pieces are absorbed because the fat molecule is so large that it cannot be absorbed into the blood stream as a whole. Once the fats reach the blood, they are distributed throughout the whole body.
There are many processes by which fats are made in the body. Fats are made in the body by the conversion of glucose into the fats. Now we know that fats are in the body. The question is then how the fats are deposited in the tissues and how they are harmful. The answer is really simple: bad fats are harmful and the good fats are beneficial.
There are different classifications of fats. According to one classification, fats are classified into VLDL, LDL, HDL and cholesterol. The VLDL and the LDL and, in most cases, cholesterol are called the bad fats as they are the fats that cause chronic diseases like the IDDM and the cardiovascular diseases.
There is another classification for fats according to their location. The visceral fats and the outer fats. The visceral fats are the fats present around the organs in the body and you can say that the fatty liver is an example of the visceral fats. The other fats that are present in the limbs and other organs are less likely to contribute to the development of chronic diseases.
Why fat is deposited in the body
Now the fats are deposited in the body, but what are the reasons that fats are deposited in the body?
First, the amount of fat deposited in the body is influenced by genetics. We can use the cases of two different people as an example. One person does not eat well, does less exercise and is still thin. The other person eats well and exercises, but is still obese. The reason behind this is complex.
The gene that is in charge of the process of lipid breakdown and excretion is dominant in the lean person, but the gene that controls fat absorption is recessive. Therefore, the lean person will break down the fat, but not absorb it into the body. The second factor is the overeating.
Here most of us feel that we eat too much and that too much is more than we require for our bodies. Eating more is one side of the coin and it is coupled with not doing the right amount and the right type of the exercise. Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle is leading the community into the chaos, since it has resulted in a rise in obesity. Some medications and medical conditions can also cause people to gain weight.
Good and bad fats
Fats are actually necessary and beneficial to the body, if they are the right types of fats like HDL. The bad fats that have been deposited in the body and that cause a person to be overweight need to be burned off, if that person wants to lead a long and healthy life. If a person is overweight, he or she must act. The act is made up of several steps.
One must assess the situation. The first part of the assessment is to check the person based on certain parameters. The main parameter is called the BMI, which is the body mass index. The body mass index can be found by dividing the body weight in kilograms by the height in meters square. The body mass index is considered normal if the body mass index is between 18 and 34. If it is more than 24, then there is a problem.
If the person has a BMI of more than 24, this means that there is a potentially severe problem, like obesity that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The last step is to treat it. The treatment of the patients is a really hard task. People who are only moderately overweight need to make changes in their lifestyle and diet, but those that are so obese that they are unable to walk need to have medical treatment, including medications, in order to decrease the fats in the body.
The lifestyle modifications include eating less and exercising more. Eating less is really effective, but people are often resistant to dietary changes. We can ask the patient to eat less by making only a few simple changes in the beginning. Adding less sugar to one’s coffee or leaving some food on the plate at the end of a meal are simple changes. The other thing is to eat more food with less calories and eat less food with more calories.
Eating a salad at the start of a meal will fill you up and help you lose weight more quickly. People that are obese have a high amount of fat in the body and do not like to walk and do not like to be asked about it, so we can arrange some really small tasks for these patients. We can ask the patient to go to the park daily and complete a 90 second walk. This may sound weird, but this is an effective first step for the job ahead. This is also to make the patient ready to do the exercises that will be necessary later.