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White Fat v. Brown Fat

Whats the difference between White fat and Bown fat?

Brown Fat
This is the fat that you want to have. Brown fat gets its name from the iron-filled mitochondria cells that mix with tiny blood vessels and gives off a brownish appearance. Usually, this type of fat can be found in the front and back of the neck and upper back.

Brown fat is meant to burn calories to generate heat. Burning fat as opposed to storing fat is the key difference between Brown and White fat. Brown fat can be found in abundance in infants but decreases with age. A young slender adult with regular blood sugar levels would have comparatively more brown fat cells.

So how do I get more brown fat you ask? First, exercise helps convert white fat into Brown fat. Second, you’ll need to get enough quality sleep because melatonin influences brown fat production. Finally, exposing yourself to cold environments regularly can help as well. So look forward to those Winter workouts.

White Fat
The main fat found in the body derived from connective tissue.

White fat may not be Brown fat but it’s just as important. White fat: is the largest energy reserve in the body, insulates internal organs, protects us from external impacts i.e if you fall on your butt. It also produces estrogen and leptin the hunger and appetite hormone. White fat plays a number of other roles in the body too so, as you can see white fast is a necessary and albeit useful evil.

However, there is a dark side to White fat. Excessive amounts of White fat is commonly associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
When it comes to White fat location matters. White fat can most commonly be found around the buttocks, thighs, hips, breasts, and abdomen. The list of complications related to high amounts of White fat is extensive: breast, colon, esophageal, gallbladder, and pancreatic cancer just to name a few. Therefore, follow a balanced diet and avoid overeating because White fat is generated through consuming too many calories and expending too few.

The Skinny
In Short, Both Brown and White fat are necessary for our survival. However, with White fat it comes down to location and quantity; too much and the effects can be dangerous. Both White and Brown fat work together and recent research has outlined how individuals can convert white fat cells into Brown fat cells.

To Your Continued Success,
Coach Don

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