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How Exercise Changes Fat cells

Exercise is like a magic pill with multiple benefits. It improves functioning of the heart and controls blood sugar levels in our body, In short, it promotes health and reduces the incidence of lifestyle diseases.

In a recent study, a researcher came out with a new benefit of exercising i.e. exercising in small doses changes the DNA of the human gene, which ultimately shows its effect on fat cells.

So how does exercise affect the fat cells in our body?

The human body contains DNA, which contains genes. The genes have ‘methyl groups’ attached, something known as ‘gene expression’.

The methyl groups can be influenced in various ways through exercise, diet and lifestyle, in a process known as ‘DNA methylation’. This process is called Epigenetics. Epigenetics occurs in fat cells. So, whenever there is a change in the methyl group due to exercise, there will be a change in the fat cells.

So, on the basis of the above mentioned and further research, it was concluded that daily physical activity / exercise brings about a change in the methylation process in fat cells, which ultimately helps prevent lifestyle diseases.

So, people who exercise daily, can transform their fat cells and lead a healthier, disease free life.


— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Being Thin Does Not Mean Being Healthy

Increased body fat percentage and being overweight result in lifestyle disorders that cause heart disease, hypothyroid, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Excessive saturated fat consumption increases the cholesterol levels in the body. Certain types of fat are bad for health and some are  equally important which are commonly referred to us essential fat without which the body will fail to absorb and process nutrition in the body. Read here to know more about this.

The distribution of fat varies between gentics and gender. Women tend to store more subcutaneous fat which is under their skin. Distribution of fat in women is generally in their hips and thighs area while men tend to store more fat in the middle area or the abdomen. Once the person enters adolescence the fat cells don’t increase in number instead they only increase or decrease in size. Its the male and female hormone that decide the fat deposit destination in the body. For example women with big bellies are considered  to have higher levels of testosterone ( male hormone) in their system that causes fat accumulation on the stomach. While if men have large hips its due to the high levels of estrogen (female hormone) in that body part.

We presume that fat people are more prone to metabolic disorder ( also known as lifestyle disorders) but a study by Ruth Loos at the Medical Research Council in the U.K. found that lean people with a specific genetic variant were equally at risk of diabetes, heart disease even though the reports confirmed lower fat percentage in the body. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Why Do Some People Never Get Fat?

You surely know a few people around you who are extremely thin and eat much more than you do but never get fat. They eat all kinds of foods and never add an inch to their waistline. Well just to make you feel better its because there are certain enzymes in our bodies which regulate the body metabolism. When these enzymes are not present in the body it keeps a man thin says a study.

The enzyme MGAT2 is found in the intestines and determines the fate of our food by regulating how it is metabolized: It either makes fat go straight to your waistline, or converts it into energy. Scientists in California have discovered that when mice are missing the gene for MGAT2, they can eat whatever they want and never have to worry about getting fat.

Another common misconception amongst people is that thin people have (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo