Lipids

Lipids (lip'idz) are a group of organic chemicals that are insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents, such as ether and chloroform. Lipids include a number of compounds, such as fats, phospholipids, and steroids, that have vital functions in cells and are important constituents of cell membranes (see chapter 3, p. 69). The most common lipids are the fats, which are primarily used to supply energy for cellular activities. Fat molecules can supply more energy gram for gram than can carbohydrate molecules. This is why eating a fatty diet leads to weight gain.

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Gaining Weight 101

Gaining Weight 101

Find out why long exhausting workouts may do more harm than good. Most of the body-building workout and diet regimens out there are designed for the guys that gain muscle and fat easily. They focus on eating less and working out more in order to cut the excess fat from their bodies while adding needed muscle tone.

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