Types of body fat
We all generally know what “overweight” looks like but what a lot of folks don’t know is the different types of body fat and the relation to our health. When it comes to types of body fat there are two main sorts, brown fat and white fat, both these types of fat look different, act different and both are essential for our survival.
So why do we have fat? it’s a good question, because we are led to believe fat is the devil in disguise, to some extent it is, the health risks that come with fat are huge but without some body fat we wouldn’t be able to regulate heat, also, when were hungry our body would eat away at the muscle for energy so we would literally waste away! it also helps with hormones.
Brown fat is known to be good fat and we have a lot of this when we are born and tend to lose more as we get older. Recent studies have shown brown fat helps burn more calories when activated by the brain during exercising by producing heat in the fat cells.
Brown fat is primarily activated by being exposed to cold temperatures so going for a run or walk in cooler months will help you gain more of this type of fat, also try cooler showers or turning the heating down.
All in all brown fat is good and don’t need to worry about it and it does NOT give you the fat look as it’s deep inside your tissue.
White fat, however, is completely different, all though we still need white fat for proper bodily function, too much of it is bad, very bad and has massive health implications such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes and is also linked to dementia.
We gain white fat from eating too many calories and not burning enough in return, this is when your body will save these unused calories for the next time you have insufficient energy to carry out your daily tasks. if you get the balance of calories into calories out right, then you won’t have much cause for concern over your appearance.
The most dangerous type of white fat is visceral fat, this type of fat is located in your belly and wraps around important organs such as liver, intestines and pancreas and is referred to as active fat due to its big role in massive health risk. It is not entirely sure why our body’s store fat around organs but it is thought stress plays a big part in where fat is stored.
The body fat you can grab hold of is subcutaneous fat although it can be unsightly doesn’t have as many health implications as visceral fat especially around the thighs and buttocks but the bad news is….. if you have got a lot of subcutaneous fat the likely hood is you have visceral fat as well.
lifestyle changes to combat bad fat
it’s not all bad news with a few adjustments to your lifestyle we can promote the good fat and bust the bad fat see below for some easy changes to make your life a longer, healthier and more active.
- Exercise regular minimum 3 times a week for 30 mins.
- Quit smoking there is so much help and alternatives now,
- Have regular good nights sleep.
- Eat healthy balanced diet.
- try not to drink so much alcohol.
the first bullet point will help with all the other bullet points so go on do a bit of exercise what you waiting for.
Yes, there is different types of body fat, and they play different roles, Visceral fat is without a doubt the one you need to be most concerned about! but don’t despair as a few lifestyle changes such as exercising and looking at your diet can quickly turn that around.
Try doing HIIT three times a week and just reducing the number of calories by eating more fibre and protein to make you feel fuller longer and you will soon see and feel the benefits of weight loss.
By promoting brown fat cell growth will certainly help with weight loss, but it’s not a game changer, it will just give you that little edge.