When you eat a huge meal – and decide after a couple of hours that you just have to unbutton your pants to get comfortable – it just means your stomach’s too full, right? Not necessarily. You might have actually gained weight! In other words, we gain weight a lot faster than anyone ever thought possible.

Researchers at Oxford University discovered that the fat from whatever you eat begins to enter your bloodstream about one hour after your first bite. But instead of floating through your bloodstream until you can burn it off - in as little as 3 hours, the fat begins to accumulate in the areas of your body with the most fat cells starting with your waistline.

Here’s how it breaks down: 2 tablespoons of fat – or 30 grams – is the maximum we should have in a day. But if we eat it all at once, the first half makes a beeline for our waistline and starts increasing the size of our permanent fat cells. Then, what’s left over – the other 15 grams - immediately begins attaching itself, drop by drop, to the fatty tissues on your hips, rear-end, and thighs.

What’s the fix here? Exercise!   

Because the higher your metabolism, the faster you burn the fat in your bloodstream and the less likely it is to turn into permanent weight gain.