Different FATS in the body
Different FATS in the body
By: Marylin Salgado
Every time we see a weight loss commercial, we are drowned with information on food choices, exercises to do; equipment to buy…the list goes on and on. Along with all the fancy marketing, we are usually shown a big clump of yellow fat and the miracle pill that will dissolve it all away in a few days. These commercials even go as far as showing you how the fat will dissolve if you put it in a bowl and add the miracle component. That does not really happen, by the way.
During my research on body fat distribution, I found the human body can store five different types of fat; white, brown, beige, belly, and the aforementioned, yellow fat. Let’s take some time and break each of these down.
This fat makes up most of the fat cells in our body. Its main function is to store dietary fat and release it for the body’s energy needs. White fat cells produce a hormone called adiponectin, which makes the liver and muscles sensitive to insulin. This in turn makes us less susceptible to diabetes and heart disease. If you overeat, they will grow to the point where they will no longer serve their purpose and will begin to dysfunction. As you start producing more of the harmful fat, white fat cells stop working giving way to disease.
Many of the white cells look yellow, something like chicken fat. This fat is mostly liquid and hangs off the bone. Here’s the setback of eating healthy. Vegetables and grains contain a yellow substance called carotene, when ingested, the body cannot quickly metabolize. So the yellow carotene travels to our fat cells and just sits there. That does not mean we stop eating vegetables. We eat healthy and include an exercise program to our diet regime. There are more benefits in eating vegetables then not.
And lady’s, if you are wondering about the cellulite you have hanging on your arms, belly, legs and butt, well, that is not all yellow fat. Cellulite is a combination of fat and the connective tissue septae, which lies between the dermal tissue and the fatty tissue that is protruding within it. If it sounds complicated, well it is. Considering some obese or overweight people suffer from no cellulite while some really healthy and athletic individuals do. Men included.
All we can do is cardio our way through it and in the process, tone, grow stronger, leaner and healthier. There is no miracle pill or lotion for cellulite. I have personally seen great results from constant cardio exercise and resistance training. Surgery should never be an option. It’s a quick fix and the cellulite can always return without exercise. Save your money, put the time in and workout.
The most firm and dense of the body fats; this fat mainly interacts with white fatty cells. This fat binds to bone and muscle and supports the underlying skin. Their cells main function is to burn energy in cold weather and creates heat. Lean people have more of these fat then overweight individuals. Current scientific research is in the process of trying to find a way to create a pill that will produce more of this fat and help overweight or obese people lose weight.
These fat cells mix with white fat cells. Our bodies actually contain more of the beige white cells then brown ones. These beige fat cells are inactive until our bodies get cold. They can burn like brown fat cells for warmth and energy, but not as well. Current scientific research is in the process of investigating how beige fat cells can help regulate insulin and help liver function.
This fat is considered dangerous. The fat in the belly grows and pushes against the abdominal wall, creating the classic pot or beer belly. The other term for this fat is visceral fat. If you currently suffer from a rock hard belly, then you need to start doing something right away. This is all fat pushing against your abdominal wall and it is very dangerous.
The danger is that this fat begins to grow around our major organs. As this happens, this fat starts releasing harmful chemicals and throws your body’s metabolism off. Belly Fat or visceral fat is linked to diabetes, breast cancer, as well as many other concerning health conditions. It can also build in the arteries causing heart attack and stroke.
So what becomes of this fat when you lose it?
You literally exhale it. Fat is metabolized into carbon dioxide and water. This is why aerobic exercises or cardio exercises are so important to lose and release fat from the body.
Conversely, you would die without any fat in your body. Fat’s purpose is to provide energy, insulate, protect organs and hold cells together. Fat releases hormones that help regulate our body’s metabolism.
Studies have also shown people who live in New England States or in colder climates have more brown fat as cold weather helps to burn more calories. My next blog will be on working out in cold climates and the benefits and risks involved.
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