According to startling (or not so startling if you've seen this happen right before your eyes) new research from scientists at Oxford University, an average person eating a big meal can add the equivalent of 2-3 teaspoons of fat to their bodies in a lot less time than was previously thought. (Like before you get to valet parking.)
The findings change the previous understanding that the process was much slower —with the fat going first into the blood system for use by the muscles. (Pretty big misunderstanding making us all think we were nuts)
"We found that, after eating a meal, the first fat from it enters the blood about an hour later," Fredrik Karpe, professor of metabolic medicine at Oxford University, told the UK's Sunday Times.
"By the time three to four hours have passed, most of it has been incorporated into our adipose tissue, mostly in the shorter term fat stores around our waists."
"The process is very fast," said Professor Karpe. ( No Sh*t Sherlock)
"The cells in the adipose tissue around the waist catch the fat droplets as the blood carries them by, and then incorporate them into the cells for storage."
The Good News? The fatty tissue is only stored around the waist for a short term and can be used as energy for exercising. (Gives new meaning to walk it off)
The Bad News? After this, it moves to the hips, bum and thighs for the long term. (We babes are big on long term relationships like this)
Only one way out here. To get rid of belly fat you've gotta move it!