A lot of times when we hear people talk about or write about body fat, you might have heard them using the term brown fat and white fat. White fat is also commonly known as yellow fat, as some people may refer to it. Brown fat is basically the kind of fat in your body that reserves heat from the food compounds that the body absorbs. This fat is pretty high in iron which is why it has a brown tone in color. It is high in oxygen consumption as well as packed with mitochondria. White fat, on the other hand, has lesser oxygen consumption and it belongs to the bad fat category, the kind that normally collects at your waist giving you that muffin top that’s so hard to get rid of and consists of all those calories. This is the same kind that you can feel as the flabby fat on your thighs. The white kind is highly associated with metabolic disruption of the body.
The brown kind helps to keep people lean. Hence, the goal is basically to increase the brown fat in the body and decrease the white kind, how that is naturally achievable is the real question though.
Deposits of brown fat in the body
So you know how white fat is found in the thighs and at the waist area, brown fat at the other end would be found in places you don’t expect it to be at all. Some people have it around the neck and shoulder area, others have it in above the stomach area. Highly depends on the individual. So basically, brown fat is found in the area where there are highly active cells. Further study needs to be conducted to find its exact reserves and areas in the body that have it the most since it can only be seen with the help of expensive scanning techniques.
Can it help us get rid of obesity?
The answer is: yes, it might be able to cure obesity in many individuals because of its capability to burn calories by storing energy as heat. If you have a low body mass index, your body has more chances to be high in brown fat. Certain researches have also been conducted to deduce that if there are any ways that scientists and fitness professionals come across in order to increase the brown fat deposits and activity in people, it would also require increased preservation of fuels in the body in order to maintain the energy cycle that the body naturally has. In order for that to happen, the desire to eat in that individual may also change and increase. These changes in appetite, along with other issues such as increased sweating in the body are major concerns for health professionals who are trying to work stuff out on this topic.
What can I do on my part to increase brown fat?
Each individual’s body works differently, but let’s just start with a fact that might come as a surprise for you as to what can help your body gain brown fat: exercise. It basically releases hormones that make your white cells convert to brown; what else do you want? Also, you can make sure that you work in a cool temperature with air conditioning in order to signal your body to turn the white fat to brown so that it can produce more heat energy.