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What does one pound of fat look like?


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In other words, what is the volume of one pound of fat?  Does anyone have a picture of that, maybe (gross!) on the internet after someone had liposuction?  I've found replicas that you can order for educational purposes, but they all just show a chunk of "fat".  They don't give measurements or put the "fat" next to anything for size reference.

Example:

http://www.anatomical.com/product.asp?pn=WA71 73&bhcd2=1203685622

Thanks.  Jenn

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For a good visual cue get hold of 1lb of lard .... That's 100% pure animal fat and is the same volume and consistency as human fat.   
Vicereine found some interesting pictures a while back - http://www.calorie-count.com/forums/post/7841 6.html; personally I prefer this reference: 5lbs of muscle and fat, to scale. Either one will give you a good visual ;)

"A woman weighing 150 pounds with 19% fat will look much smaller (and be much healthier) than a woman at 150 pounds with 35% fat. They weigh the same, yet the composition is different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller."

Another example is my friend/coworker who lost a lot of weight doing long distance running. We went for a small hike together and when I helped her over a steep incline and I grabbed her upper arm I squeezed like 2 inches and I thought I grabbed bone! (I was being gentle - honest!) - So VERY little muscle! Surprised

This always makes me wonder if most people here are mainly trying to "lose weight" or in reality they want to change their body composition?

Thanks Melkor and GIJane.  That's exactly what I was looking for - a visual gross-out to help me put my husband's sweets back in the cupboard.  Not sure why I couldn't find it here!

Thanks also to Wicky for taking the time to answer. 

I watched part of a show on plastic surgery/liposuction, until I had to turn it off as it was too much for me.

The fat that was removed from this womans body, was a vivid, deep yellow, very lumpy mass.

it was so disgusting.

Okay, so the density of adipose tissue (fat) is 0.9196 kg/L. So by doing a little math:

(0.9196 kg/L)(2.2046226 lbs/kg) = 2.027 lbs/L Surprised

So if you picture a 2 liter bottle of soda, it holds about 4 lbs of fat.

 

As a side note, we're doing dissections of cadavers right now in my anatomy class. We started out with a lady who was significantly overweight and it was very surprising how much fat we have removed from her already. After getting down to her muscles, you could no longer tell she was ever overweight. I know that sounds kind of obvious, but it was pretty amazing seeing the same body before and after.

 

simwaves:   How can liposuction, just suck fat out?  (assuming the process is that simple).

I watch the Discovery channel and sometimes makeover shows and find the changes some ppl have remarkable.
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Is it just me that finds buying 1lb fat replica models strange (from the OPs site)?
Original Post by simwaves1:

As a side note, we're doing dissections of cadavers right now in my anatomy class. We started out with a lady who was significantly overweight and it was very surprising how much fat we have removed from her already. After getting down to her muscles, you could no longer tell she was ever overweight. I know that sounds kind of obvious, but it was pretty amazing seeing the same body before and after. 

That is an interesting observation!  I never thought about that before.  Maybe you could tell (by comparison) that she has more muscle than "normal-weight" women?  Or maybe she just looks very fit now?
I once went to a memorable presentation where some common foods were on display with their fat content in grammes represented by a piece of lard at the side.   The loaf of bread was accompanied by a smallish chunk.  The bar of chocolate was accompanied by a worryingly big chunk.  And the pork pie was sat next to a pork-pie-shaped piece of lard almost exactly the same size!!!  I've never felt quite the same about pork pies ever since.

The replica 'fake fat' on the website is usually bought by nutritionists, doctors and other health professionals as an educational tool. 
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Original Post by simwaves1:

As a side note, we're doing dissections of cadavers right now in my anatomy class. We started out with a lady who was significantly overweight and it was very surprising how much fat we have removed from her already. After getting down to her muscles, you could no longer tell she was ever overweight. I know that sounds kind of obvious, but it was pretty amazing seeing the same body before and after. 

That is an interesting observation!  I never thought about that before.  Maybe you could tell (by comparison) that she has more muscle than "normal-weight" women?  Or maybe she just looks very fit now?

Exactly! Since she was carrying around so much more weight than the average person, it built up more muscle naturally. Once all the fat was stripped off of our bodies, my cadaver looked the healthiest. In reality, this wasn't the case. She suffered many health problems because of her weight which eventually lead to her death.

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simwaves:   How can liposuction, just suck fat out?  (assuming the process is that simple).

I watch the Discovery channel and sometimes makeover shows and find the changes some ppl have remarkable.

That's exactly right. Adipose tissue is very soft, pliable and doesn't have a very strong connection to the rest of the body. Once we got past the Scarpa's fascia of our cadaver, the adipose tissue can just be pulled off. I'm not a doctor and so I can't give you advice about liposuction; however, from a personal perspective, I think exercise and dieting will ALWAYS be the better alternative to surgery. Just removing the fat takes a lot of the "becoming healthy" out of the process.

Another interesting fact about fat is that it is made up of adipose cells. When you gain weight, your adipose cells divide and grow, leading to more adipose cells as well as larger ones. Alternatively, when you lose weight, the adipose cells lose fatty acids from their fat reserve and become smaller, but you will never have less adipose cells again.

I've heard that before.........that once you gain fat cells, they can shrink, but will never disappear....which is sort of  sad.

No liposuction for me, I'm fairly satisfied with my results, but if I won the lottery I wouldn't mind a little 'tweaking'.

I don't know about you guys, but everytime I see one of those replicas I feel like I should be skippin my next three, four...eight meals. I hate to think how much of that I have of that in my body.

I was watching one of those surgery shows on Discovery Channel one time and this overweight woman was having a C-section delivery. I'll never forget them cutting through the layers of disgusting looking fat and pinning them back to get in and perform the surgery. That was enough to keep me from wanting anything fattening for a while!

I know this is an old post but I have to add a comment.  our gym just got in replicas of fat - size, color, mini-blood vessels - yucky.  They have a one pound and five pound example.  Really, for the closest example, pick up a pound of butter at the store!  It's almost pure fat and pretty close to the actual size. 

It has been SO motivating to realize that if I eat right and exercise, I can lose TWO of those blobs in one week!  It's also kind of shocking to realize the volume that a person can carry on their body from their chin down to their ankles.

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This is the best and scariest MRI picture I can find, because it shows the fat in the body.  Notice the two types.  The subcutaneous adipose fat is the most visible - love handles, spare tire, whatever you want to call it - the stuff liposuction removes.  Visceral fat is the most dangerous.  It "fat packs" your internal organs, and the easiest way to measure it is with a tape measure around your waist.  A treatment that removes visible fat may improve your appearance, but only a diet that reduces your waistline will improve your health.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view?ba ck=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsea rch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dvisceral%2Bfat%2BMRI%26fr% 3Dyfp-t-501%26toggle%3D1%26cop%3Dmss%26ei%3DU TF-8&w=400&h=300&imgurl=www.eurek alert.org%2Fmultimedia%2Fpub%2Fweb%2F3491_web .jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurekalert.org %2Fmultimedia%2Fpub%2F3491.php%3Ffrom%3D92070 &size=16.6kB&name=3491_web.jpg&p= visceral+fat+MRI&type=JPG&oid=fcfedca e5e8be5ec&no=4&tt=9&sigr=11stjpgs 5&sigi=11iuf2380&sigb=136eho7dv

Original Post by thhq:

This is the best and scariest MRI picture I can find, because it shows the fat in the body.  Notice the two types.  The subcutaneous adipose fat is the most visible - love handles, spare tire, whatever you want to call it - the stuff liposuction removes.  Visceral fat is the most dangerous.  It "fat packs" your internal organs, and the easiest way to measure it is with a tape measure around your waist.  A treatment that removes visible fat may improve your appearance, but only a diet that reduces your waistline will improve your health.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view?ba ck=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsea rch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dvisceral%2Bfat%2BMRI%26fr% 3Dyfp-t-501%26toggle%3D1%26cop%3Dmss%26ei%3DU TF-8&w=400&h=300&imgurl=www.eurek alert.org%2Fmultimedia%2Fpub%2Fweb%2F3491_web .jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurekalert.org %2Fmultimedia%2Fpub%2F3491.php%3Ffrom%3D92070 &size=16.6kB&name=3491_web.jpg&p= visceral+fat+MRI&type=JPG&oid=fcfedca e5e8be5ec&no=4&tt=9&sigr=11stjpgs 5&sigi=11iuf2380&sigb=136eho7dv

 thank you so much for that. Really put things in perspective

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here's an article that shows what 5 lbs of fake fat looks like: http://myhealthydietfood.com/dieting-tools/my -pet-fat-the-perfect-visual-dieting-motivatio n/151/

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