Body Fat Myths and Facts

Here’s what you really need to know about your wobbly bits.

"The amount of fat cells we have in our bodies are determined at birth."
This is a... MYTH

Fat Myths Cell From Birth

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Scientists previously thought the body couldn’t gain more fat cells after puberty, but new research has shown individuals with sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets gain fat cells over time, says Dr Tey Beng Hea, senior consultant and endocrinologist at Alexandra Hospital.

Why you need to know this about fat: Other studies have proven that the body can lose fat cells – but it could take years. By changing your lifestyle habits for good, your body will slowly begin to eliminate fat cells. “When there is no excess fat to be stored in those cells for a sufficient amount of time, the body will let them go,” says Dr Tey.

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