When I do research online, I am very careful to use reliable resources. While there are a lot of people (even those like me who have done a lot of personal research) who know a lot about various subjects, when it is really important to know the facts, I always look for those who have dedicated their lives to the subject. They will know far more than Aunt Irene who reads every diet book that comes out.
I want to UNDERSTAND fat! Every relationship needs understanding. I obviously have a longstanding relationship with fat, so I believe it is time for me to understand it. I searched “the truth about fat,” and found great information from WebMD. A reliable source for all things health.
Apparently, fat is “intriguing.” According to this quote, “…for scientists, fat is intriguing — and becoming more so every day. ‘Fat is one of the most fascinating organs out there,'” says Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a research associate at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. “We are only now beginning to understand fat.” OH GREAT! They are NOW BEGINNING to understand it. Well, I can definitely see why the rest of us don’t really have a clue about it except that we don’t want it.
What Color Is Your Fat? Brown or White?
Read the article to get the full story, but in short, brown fat can be stimulated to burn white fat. What they know about brown fat is that babies have more brown fat, and it is to keep them warm. People who are lean have more brown fat than those who are overweight, but don’t get excited, there’s only about 2-3 ounces of it (although it can still be stimulated to burn white fat and they are doing more studies on how to stimulate it, and even possibly how to develop more of it in those who have more white fat.)
Something else they know about fat is that buttocks and thigh fat is better than belly fat, and it may even have some helpful benefits. Further study is taking place in this area. Something good to know about fat is “So when you lose weight, what kind or kinds of fat do you shed? ‘You’re losing white fat,’ Fried tells WebMD. ‘People tend to lose evenly all over. The results change a bit, however, if you add workouts to your calorie reduction,’ she says. ‘If you exercise plus diet you will tend to lose slightly more visceral fat from your belly.”‘
So, the skinny on this article is for those like me with lots of white fat, we should not only be eating better but also exercising because it does burn more, albeit slightly more, visceral fat from our belly. I’ll take that.
Now to use what I have learned!!!