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2006/07/12 12:00:47 (permalink)
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Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?)

Possibly one for James, or someone who knows much about human physiology.

As far as i understand, fat cells cant be 'deleted' or 'removed', they can only grow or shrink in size. So if you put on weight (including fat) and produce more fat cells, when you cut / lose weight, you're not really removing the fat per se, but rahter just decreasing the size of the fat cells' volume overall.

Does this sound like nonsense? - I remember reading up on this quite some time ago now, and would like it verified or falsified if possible.

If its true though, does that mean when we increase the number of fat cells in our bodies through bulking, they will never reduce, only get smaller in size, resulting in more fat cells in the body over all, for life?
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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 12:09:30 (permalink)
    Im sure James will add his knowledge and opinion here.

    As far as i know, the fat cells do shrink when losing fats, they do not decrease in number or density, they just get smaller. However, when we bulk and add excess fat then it may create more fat cells in order to hold the new fat which the body has made.

    They tend to make more though when fat cells have reached their capacity and i believe they split into two, forming more adipocytes (fat cells).

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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 12:29:17 (permalink)
    That's exactly my point Gaz,

    So by virtue of this process, ultimately we end up with grater fat cells overall, which will stay in the body for life. Its not a promising prospect, is all.

    But as you say, James may throw a different light on this.

    Thanks for your input Gaz.

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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 12:57:34 (permalink)
    That is quite a scary prospect!! I don't believe in just adding mass for the sake of it, very much a fan of clean bulking and trying to limit any bodyfat gain and therefore keeping fat cell numbers at a minimum.

    Bring back the Golden Age of Muscle!
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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 14:22:58 (permalink)
    If this is true then surely a clean bulk is the safest to do..
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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 14:23:08 (permalink)
    Decided to do a bit of research on this, as i was getting worried. Seems like we (mainly i) were wrong Gaz.... thankfully though!

    Fat cells are formed in the developing fetus during the third trimester of pregnancy, and later at the onset of puberty, when the sex hormones "kick in." It is during puberty that the differences in fat distribution between men and women begin to take form. One amazing fact is that fat cells do not multiply after puberty -- as your body stores more fat, the number of fat cells remains the same. Each fat cell simply gets bigger!

    Source:
    http://home.howstuffworks.com/fat-cell.htm


    This seems to be what most sources are saying.

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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 14:39:18 (permalink)
    Yes that link clears it up really. on the whole (though there is extensive research being done in this field) fat cell (adipocytes) number will not increase in adulthood, only size, and their size will increase/decrease as we gain/lose fat.

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    RE: Bulking & Fat Question (one for James?) 2006/07/12 18:57:47 (permalink)
    Same as muscle cells too isn't it?
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