5 Types Of Fat And How They Affect Calorie Burning And Weight Loss

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January 25, 2018 17:19 By Fabiosa

When you hear the word "fat", what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people think of fat in terms of weight loss and weight gain, but not everyone knows that different types of fat exist, and they have different functions in our body.

Let's have a look at the types of fat and how the amount of different types of the tissue affects your weight loss efforts.

Brown, white, and beige fat

Brown fat (also known as brown adipose tissue) is a type of fat that is being actively studied for its potential to aid weight loss. Brown fat generates heat to keep you warm and can burn quite a lot of calories when stimulated. Unfortunately, adult humans have a very small amount of brown fat compared to newborn babies and hibernating animals. One of the ways to stimulate brown fat and increase calorie burning without much effort is to sleep in a room with a cool temperature.

Beige fat has been discovered only a few years ago, and research is ongoing into its properties and the way it acts in our bodies. It's thought to be more metabolically active than white fat, and there is some evidence that exercise and diet can help turn white fat cells into beige fat cells, promoting weight loss.

Most of the fat in our bodies is white fat. Its two main functions are to store energy and produce hormones that are then released into the bloodstream. White fat doesn't help you burn any calories; in fact, extra calories that you consume are stored in your body as white fat.

Subcutaneous fat and visceral fat

Subcutaneous fat lies beneath the skin. It's found all over your body, and while having a little too much of this fat in the thighs and buttocks may not look good, it doesn't pose a great risk to your health. Accumulation of subcutaneous fat in your belly, however, is something you should worry about.

Visceral fat, which is sometimes called "deep fat", surrounds your internal organs and is the most harmful type of fat. It's the type of fat that makes it difficult for surgeons to operate on people with extra weight, and it's not the only problem that visceral fat creates. Visceral fat is linked to chronic inflammation, which in turn can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes.

Accumulation of both subcutaneous and visceral fat in your belly puts your health at a great risk. What can you do to get rid of this extra fat and reduce your risk of metabolic disorders and heart disease? The best way to do it is to get enough exercise (at least 150 minutes weekly) and eat a balanced and diverse diet.

It may take a lot of patience, time, and effort to reach the desired result, but the effect of weight loss on your health and your looks can be pretty remarkable.

Source: WebMD, Huffington Post, Eat This, Not That!

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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