Why Does Your Body Build Up Exess Fat?
Why does your body build up excess fat? By eating more food than
we can burn up through physical exercise and our normal bodily
Foods furnish the energy that is measured in units called
calories. If we eat more calories from food and drink than we burn
up through exercise, the extra calories are stored away in the form
of body fat. The body acts as a bank for fat. If a person continues
to take in excessive calories, the amount of fat in your bank
You can reduce the amount of fat in your bank by making
withdrawals. There are two safe ways to do this: (1) eat less
high-fat foods; and (2) increase your physical activity to burn the
The best way to reduce your fat storage is a combination of
eating less high-fat foods and exercising your body.
Your body always counts the calories that you eat, even when you
forget that you’ve taken in those calories. The body never lies!
Everything that makes your body fat enters your body through your
mouth. If you pay attention to what you eat, you gain control of the
body fat storage that accumulates.
There are certain times in your life when you are more likely to
retain fat in your body. The first is aging. As you grow older, your
body requires fewer calories to fuel basic processes. Unless food
intake is gradually reduced or physical activity is increased, the
extra pounds are sure to pile up.
Most women gain extra weight during pregnancy and at menopause. A
woman’s metabolism helps to determine how easily she can lose the
“baby” weight after her child is born.
There are many lose-weight-fast programs that “guarantee” that
you can lose excess pounds without effort. Some of these may use
drugs or herbs that can be harmful to your body. Some of them say
you can eat a certain food or beverage because they are “ignored” by
your body. But, calories always count toward your body fat storage
no matter what foods they come from.
When you first begin a weight loss program, it seems you can lose
weight faster at the start. A lot of that first weight that you lose
is water weight. You may be exercising more strenuously and losing
water weight by sweating it off. That doesn’t mean, however, that
you can go into a steam room and lose a significant amount of weight
by sweating it off.
The moral of this story is: Eat smaller portions of healthy foods
and give your body the exercise it needs to keep it fit and in