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Your Body: Good Fat vs Bad Fat

August 14, 2015 2 min read

We all know what fat is; we're all aware of that fatty, lumpy tissue sticking to our hips, stomachs, arms, legs, you name it. Properly called adipose tissue, it's something many of us have struggled with for one reason or another. But did you know that there are two kinds of fat on your body? Yup - we have both a 'good', iron-filled fat and a 'bad' energy-filled fat. Here's the breakdown.
  Bad Fat Bad fat is actually white fat, or white adipose tissue. On average, the healthy (not overweight) adult human male has around 20% white fat in BMI and women, closer to 25%. This kind of fat is used by our bodies primarily to store energy from our food, so it's receptive to insulin. Along with storing energy for our muscles, this fat also helps keep us warm when we need it, acting as an insulator for our more temperature-sensitive organs and body systems. Leptin, a hormone that suppresses hunger, is also manufactured within white fat, interestingly decreasing the body's sensitivity to the hormone in large amounts (i.e. in obesity). good fat vs bad fat Good Fat Brown fat, or brown adipose tissue. Now thisis the stuff. Contrary to white 'empty' fat, the good fat is filled with mitochondria, tinting it brown, and for a reason: those mitochondria in turn, are filled with iron. It has a few functions in the body, but the most notable seems to be that it turns energy into warmth - or energy into energy. It actually burns calories to create warmth for us in the cold! Unfortunately, many of us lose a lot of our brown fats as we grow up as we need it less to keep us warm. But what's left still differs from white fat, relating more with our muscles instead. In fact, this stuff actually helps us lose that other, bad fat. Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_104619" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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