How to kill your fat cells

Die fat cell, die!

Die fat cell, die!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat cells are quirky little buggers…

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are distinctly different from many other cells in the body and metabolically speaking can do many different things.  Fat cells can multiply (lipogenesis), increase in number (hyperplasia) and increase in size (adipogenesis). These are processes that cause an increase in fat. In terms of decreasing fat there are only two options- fat cells can breakdown and release their contents (lipolysis) and fat cells can die (apoptosis).

 

Apoptosis- how to kill your fat cells

I thought it would be interesting if today we focused our discussions on apoptosis or fat cell death. This seems like a great place to start as pretty much every client I have ever had has admitted to harboring homicidal thought towards their problem fat areas.  Any person who has taken their body fat to low levels knows that fat cells are very resilient- once they have arrived pretty much the only way to get rid of them is to surgically suck them out with a hose. Only by dieting down to near starvation levels will fat cells roll over and play dead. As this is obviously not a practical solution we have to look to science for an alternative.

 

Recent research into fat cell death has provided some new hope for those of us who are interested in sending our fat cells into permanent retirement. In a German study, researchers looked into CLA and its impact on fat cell metabolism. The results were interesting. Researchers concluded that “the treatment of human preadipocytes and adipocytes with physiological relevant concentrations of CLAs resulted in an impairment of proliferation and differentiation and induction of apoptosis”. Yes, you read that correctly- CLA may KILL your fat cells. The research continues but it is well documented that CLA does aid in body fat reduction (either by lipolysis or apoptosis but either are acceptable).

 

CLA is contained within the foods many of us eat each day including beef and dairy products. It is important to note that grass fed cattle are a better source than their grain fed cousins. I recommend taking a supplemental form of CLA at a dose of 3-6 grams per day.

 

CLA is not the only game in town. In another German study researchers discovered that resveratrol (yes, the compound found in red wine) also induces fat cell apoptosis. Researchers studying the phytochemical noted for increasing lifespan and improving health found that it also contributed to fat cell death citing that resveratrol “primed fat cells for apoptotic depletion”. Call me crazy but I have a sneaky suspicion that you are really liking me right now…

 

Please dont think this justifies the bottle of pinot you had with dinner last night though. Remember, it is the resveratrol that caused apoptosis. Too much alcohol and sugar will definitely have a different effect. This is not to say that you can’t drink alcohol and still lose fat- you can if you do it the right way. I will show you how in an upcoming post. In the meantime, using a resveratrol supplement is the preferred method of delivery.

 

I wish there was more that could be said about permanently eliminating unwanted fat cells from your body but unfortunately the research is simply not there yet. For the time being we can only try incorporating the strategies mentioned above and then focus on the second (and most effective) way to lose body fat- lipolysis which is best achieved using diet and exercise.

 

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17373632

http://www.fasebj.org/content/early/2010/01/22/fj.09-142943.full.pdf

 

 

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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9 Responses to “How to kill your fat cells”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Bruce! Interesting and well-researched!

  2. Angela says:

    Interesting research, thank you for the post. What CLA supplements to you recommend?

  3. Angela says:

    Thank you.
    I am familiar with that product. I’ll post my results in a few weeks.

  4. wilna says:

    Hi. I realy wish to be updated on killing fat cells. I was for a consultation at a Plastic Surgery doctor, and he said there is no way to kill them. The only way is Lipo – and I will never go. I am doing now for 3 days the 24hour fast, and I have already loose 4.9kg. And it is so easy – you must just get your state of mind right.

  5. Chris says:

    CLA doesn’t work. The only thing ever, EVER that help me loose any weight was working out as hard as I could at near starvation levels. CLA, the mango and the ketone garbage. I’ve tried every supplement Walmart sells. Nothing works. Not even with the workouts. So, I simply stopped eating. That worked.

    • admin says:

      Hi Chris- Thanks for your comment. CLA is not a miracle supplement by any means but it has been proven effective in human clinical trials so it does work for some people. Exercise and proper nutrition (not starvation) will always work best and should be at the cornerstone of any program. Here are a couple studies showing the effects of CLA supplementation:
      Study showing CLA and fat cell apoptosis http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17373632

      Study showing CLA works for fat loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17490954

      • Aaron says:

        Hey! Great article! Where’s the study on starving to get rid of fat cells? Is that included in the studies you cited above? Just curious.

        Question: How fat do you have to get before fat cells multiply in the first place? Like what body fat %?? I can’t find much info on that.

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