Brown Fat vs. White Fat

Hi there beautiful people, today I’d like to talk about fat. There are two types of adipose tissue in the body, commonly called fat. They are White Adipose Tissue (WAT) and Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT). Both of these tissues do more than simply occupy space. The White Fat Stores energy while the Brown Fat releases energy. In addition to this both of these Fats are active endocrine organs meaning that they will release hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers which travel through the bloodstream and interact with our entire system of organs and tissues causing a cascade of effects. Your hormones play a major role in determining how you look, feel, move and metabolize.

White fat is much more plentiful and is the type we are most familiar with. It is located around our midsections and upper legs but is plentiful throughout the body. We will create more White Fat as a reaction to chronically elevated blood sugar levels. This is done by the hormone Insulin which is released when blood sugar levels become too high to maintain proper balance. The foods which will elevate blood sugar most readily are simple carbohydrates and sugar, especially those lower in fiber, the most dramatic example being a sugary beverage which will have no fiber at all and instantly raises blood sugar. The major problem with having too much White Fat is that it begins to release hormones specifically Leptin which is involved in regulating appetite, and Cytokines which are responsible for increasing inflammation. This means as you add more White Fat you are more prone to inflammation and irregular appetite.

It seems Brown Fat will likely play a big role in curing the obesity epidemic as and can help anyone looking to burn fat or sustain higher energy levels. It is located in the upper torso by the neck, collarbones and scapula. For some time, BAT was believed to disappear after infancy but was rediscovered in adults by PET scan in the 1990’s. WAT presence has been increasing at an alarming rate since the late 19th century and really took off during the 20th century. The role Brown Fat plays is to release energy in order to keep the body warm in colder temperatures. Exposure to cold has been shown to increase levels of brown fat. When Brown Fat is burned the metabolism is elevated. The Brown Fat is then replaced by converting White Fat into Brown Fat. This offers an opportunity to burn pure body fat instead of glucose which will be the primary fuel source during most types of exercise. In addition to this the hormones produced by Brown Fat can act to suppress inflammation as well as elevate metabolism.

Above you can learn a little more about Brown Fat and the potential it holds for fat burning and elevating energy levels.

Above you can check out some strategies for increasing brown fat and read about some success had in a study of brown fat for weight loss.

As always thanks for reading and Happy Training!

Published by Primal Fitness Project

Hello and welcome to the Primal Fitness Project. I’m a Personal Trainer with a deep interest in the body/mind. I believe it’s coming to light there is much more overlap between body and mind; physiology and psychology. In the context of evolution, the conditions we are experiencing are quite new and surprisingly unpleasant to our genetics. Major environmental conditions like lighting, temperature, food and stress are having negative impacts on our genetic expression. Negative impacts on our very human blueprint. I’m not suggesting we run off into the woods or abandon the progress that benefits us. I am suggesting that we begin to ask questions about where our culture has lost balance with the human blueprint. In an industry oriented purely the physical and worse still, dominated by dissection mentality. Disconnecting the body instead of training it as a whole. Isolating muscle groups is being shown to have negative impacts on our Fascia, the organ of form which integrates all systems of the body. The rates of injury and degeneration are fire alarms signaling our straying from the path. This BIG! It means we are unintentionally limiting ourselves in the quality of our movement and psychology. On top of that there are the environmental challenges of diet, distraction and sleep. It’s fair to say we’ve hit a low point in health and happiness with the epidemic of diseases both mental and physical. This space represents our resurgence. We’re building a community conscious of these challenges and prepared to take action back towards balance. Our weapons are information and practice. Here you will find information from people looking to empower you to take control of the six major points in our Hexagon of Health: Mentality, Movement, Breath, Sleep, Nutrition and Community. Let us put this information into practice and become stronger together.

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