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Do You Think that Diet Could Affect One's Fat Deposition Pattern?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Conventional wisdom states that an individual's fat deposition pattern is genetic. We know that diet can affect steroid hormone production (low fat decreases production etc.) and that steroid hormone levels can affect fat storage (testosterone increases lipolysis etc.) and it's location (the differing patterns that males and females have). What I'd like to know is if a substantial change in diet, such as what we all have presumably experienced, over a long enough period might change not only how much fat we have but how we store fat.

I've always stored most of my fat around my gut, to the point that a gain in fat meant that I looked not unlike a snake that swallowed an egg. These days I still have a bit of fat there, but not enough to really tell if the overall pattern has altered at all.

What I'd like to know is if anyone has observed a change, such as going from apple- to pear-shaped or something along those lines. I guess this is difficult to ascertain because most of us have a concomitant fat loss, but I'm assuming that because females store more even when "lean" that such a change might be noticeable.

Any thoughts?

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on May 12, 2011
at 02:50 AM

HSL and LPa are the key determinants....and how the sex steroid hormones effect them are critical. any text book on biochemistry or endocrinology can lay this out for you. The science is well known. For women there is ample anthropologic evidence that the Hip to waist ratio is evolutionary meaningful. Women who are 0.7 are that way because their DHA/EPA level is located in their hind quarters. And men particularly are drawn to this.....this fosters excellent brain growth in the fetus. Men however are drawn to it by their testosterone and most have no idea why. The 0.7 ration is conserved

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on May 12, 2011
at 02:11 AM

I think it's actually tends to come back in less healthy areas say taken from the hips/butt comes back in the abdomen. Here is a radio clip about it. http://www.npr.org/2011/05/06/136057348/when-packing-on-pounds-location-counts

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on May 12, 2011
at 12:59 AM

When I was a kid my grandpa talked about fat guys as either hard or soft fat. He considered hard fat better, he was "hard fat". Now soft fat that was a real insult. Anyway now when I think about this I wondered if it all had to do with hormones. Women don't tend to ever be "hard fat". Hard fat men also tend to be more hairy, aggressive, strong, loud. Things I kinda associate with testosterone. "hard fat" http://tinyurl.com/3mqnj9k "soft fat" http://tinyurl.com/3zobsnf

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on May 12, 2011
at 12:50 AM

For men it's probably xenoestrogens and upregulation of aromatase due to increased fat mass, right? What about women? I see a lot of women who deposit fat like men and I'm wondering if they can reverse that pattern in addition to getting leaner.

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on May 12, 2011
at 12:31 AM

Can to give a rundown of phenotype to hormone, and perhaps also what to do to fix it? That would be extremely useful.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 12, 2011
at 12:16 AM

There is no question that this happens and is totally at the control of our hormones. Men with low T get fat deposition below the waist in the gut asses and thighs. When I go to walmart I can tell you what hormone is out of whack by their phenotype.

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on May 12, 2011
at 12:50 AM

For men it's probably xenoestrogens and upregulation of aromatase due to increased fat mass, right? What about women? I see a lot of women who deposit fat like men and I'm wondering if they can reverse that pattern in addition to getting leaner.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 12, 2011
at 12:31 AM

Can to give a rundown of phenotype to hormone, and perhaps also what to do to fix it? That would be extremely useful.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on May 12, 2011
at 02:50 AM

HSL and LPa are the key determinants....and how the sex steroid hormones effect them are critical. any text book on biochemistry or endocrinology can lay this out for you. The science is well known. For women there is ample anthropologic evidence that the Hip to waist ratio is evolutionary meaningful. Women who are 0.7 are that way because their DHA/EPA level is located in their hind quarters. And men particularly are drawn to this.....this fosters excellent brain growth in the fetus. Men however are drawn to it by their testosterone and most have no idea why. The 0.7 ration is conserved

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:47 AM

I'm starting to think that no one really knows.

Like plastic surgery, sure they regain the weight. But they regain it in different areas of the body (generally a healthier distribution). http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110509122730.htm

In what modern theory of fat deposition does that make sense?

61e254571b4c792bca87340a090a3ea1

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on May 12, 2011
at 02:11 AM

I think it's actually tends to come back in less healthy areas say taken from the hips/butt comes back in the abdomen. Here is a radio clip about it. http://www.npr.org/2011/05/06/136057348/when-packing-on-pounds-location-counts

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:10 AM

Gary Taubes says it does in his latest book, WHY WE GET FAT. A very worthwhile read.

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