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.
asked byTravis_Culp (39831)
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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.
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?