Study Suggests Fat from Food Could Be on Your Waist Within Hours of Meal

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM EDT

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Study Suggests Fat from Food Could Be on Your Waist Within Hours of Meal

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM EDT

A new study from a group of researchers at Oxford University says that the fat from foods can be converted into tissue around the plumpest parts of the body within hours after eating.

The study found the first fat from any meal enters the blood around an hour after being ingested. By the time three or four hours has passed, they found, most of it had been incorporated into the adipose tissue, much of which lies in the short-term fat stores in the waist.

Previously, many have believed the process is much more gradual with food traveling from the gut into the blood, where is was used by muscles, with any excess being stored as fat.

But the Oxford University research suggests the fat is instead moved quickly around the body in the bloodstream before being “caught” and stored.

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