Interestingly enough, you are never going to decrease your fat cells. You keep the number of fat cells your whole life, what changes is if they increase or decrease in size.
As far as losing fat, the cells in your body break it down into its subunits when they are in need of energy, such as when you are on a calorie deficit. Energy is released when the fat is broken down and utilized by the cells. (bonds breaking = energy released). Also, those subunits of the fat I had mentioned, the cell may utilize them to build new, but different fats - such as being incorporated into the cell's membrane.
Fat cell -- broken down -- energy used in cellular reactions, subunits used in non-fat cells.
Edited by: BIOLOGYBRIDE at: 12/9/2012 (03:10)
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Just like the fat we eat the fat in our body is full of energy. When we are short on energy our bodies can break down this fat to get energy. The fat cells that store this fat then shrink because they don't have to hold as much.
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I have seen the yellow lumps of "fat" on Tv- I can feel them on my body. (eww gross- yeah yeah I know I know). Well , when we burn the fat and it shrinks....where does it go? I saw an answer that said our fat cells shrink. Is that the "yellow lumps" that i have seen- fat cells? Do we sweat them out? Do they stay in our body and shrink?? Anyone break it down Barney style for me, please- no doctor terms.
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