New Research: Fat Is Contagious?

by Jon Benson on May 21, 2009 · 1 comment

By Jon Benson


It’s like a dream come true.  “Gaining bodyfat is the result of a virus.”


Wouldn’t that be great news?  Well…


Let me tell you about the AD-36 adenovirus. Adenoviruses are the same nasty bugs that cause the common cold. We all have these viruses in various forms in our body all the time.


That last bit is a critical distinction. Remember that.


The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana has been doing some really ground-breaking research on AD-36. AD-36 affects stem cells… more specifically fat cells, both pre-formed and post-formed.


This means AD-36 can make MORE fat cells if contracted as an infant and make your fat cells larger if contracted as an adult. Or so the theory goes.


To quote the study:


“Earlier researchers have concluded that Ad-36 may be contributors to obesity by super-charging fat cells to grow and store more fat. Until now, though, those researchers thought the viruses targeted pre-fat cells (called pre-adipocytes), causing them to convert in higher numbers to fat cells and causing those fat cells to be larger. Those studies were in mice. Pasaricas work determines the virus targets stem cells in humans.”


The result?


“In one test, a third of obese people had the rare and highly contagious virus compared to just 11 percent of thinner people. Weight gain can last three months until the body has built up resistance to the bug.”


Wow. Sounds like we have a winner here. A virus you can catch that literally makes you gain bodyfat!  All we need is…a vaccine!


Right?  Wrong!


First of all, notice that 11% of LEAN people have AD-36. And at any given time, just like a cold or a flu virus, you could contract AD-36. If your body has ‘never’ been exposed to it, you may require about 3 months to build up antibodies to ward it off.


Now, you can gain a lot of weight in 3 months… but come on. You cannot become obese in three months unless you are really, REALLY working at it.


Plus, like most viruses, you build up immunity to AD-36. Researchers do not know how long the immunity lasts, but some theorize it could last years… some even decades.


And let’s not forget those 11% who are lean and have the virus.  Why did they not all of a sudden get “sick” with bodyfat?


Because they are not EATING or LIVING in a way that allows them to gain bodyfat no matter what nasty freakin’ viruses may be floating about, that’s why.


That’s right folks:  It is always going to come down to the food we put in our body and the way we move.


Here’s another hypothesis presented by Sherry Strong, food philosopher and nutritionist:  “This could very well be the result of nature creating a mutation to encourage us to eat more due to the fact our consumption of natural, whole and organic foods is so low.”


Brilliant observation… and one that makes complete sense. Even if a “virus” is responsible for 20% of our weight gain, what about the other 80%?


We do not need a vaccine other than good food and a common sense workout plan.


You know that there’s never going to be a magic pill for health, vitality, energy and looking your best.  We can keep hoping… or you can take action and get what you want now.


To me, that makes more sense than waiting for an AD-36 “Super-Retro Fat-burning Vaccine” to hit the marketplace in 2021.


About the Author:  Jon Benson is an internationally recognized transformation lifecoach, as well as an authority on fat-burning nutrition and superior physical fitness.  He is the creator and co-author of Fit Over 40 (the #2 selling fitness e-book in the world), and the author of Simply Eat (his publisher’s fastest selling book ever) and 7 Minute Muscle which details his trademarked Power Density Training System.


[Editor’s Comments:  For a minute there I thought I’d be able to “cure” my weight gain with a pill.  Oh well…looks like I’ll have to keep doing it the old-fashioned way…eating right and exercising. 


If you’re really looking for a good workout program, here’s one of the best —


7 Minute Muscle <— the “vaccine” for bodyfat


Here’s why I love this workout:


1. It’s fast. 7-14 minutes 3-5 days per week. Anyone on earth can do this.


2. The Basic Upgrade (you will see it) comes with a copy of Jon’s book “The Every Other Day Diet.” Put the two together and you have an absolute winner of a plan that’s practical and enjoyable.


That’s 2 good reasons to go check out 7 Minute Muscle.


Here’s one more: You know better.  You know you can’t just take a pill and make fat disappear like magic.  It takes desire, hard work, and discipline.]

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1 Michele May 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I knew it wasn’t me eating all kinds of fast food and chocolate that was causing my weight gain : )

Very interesting to read that there are other causes for obesity. I just wish there was that magic pill to help… gees I’ll just have to continue to work out, frankly 2021 is just too far away. I have to get into a swimsuit next month.

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