What was once thought to be just unsightly body tissue that didn’t affect our metabolism or cause issues we understand now is a complex and intricate organ in our body.
Let’s cover the basics of our fat cells and why they are important to our health as well as why they may be bad for our health.
Fat cells actually release potent fat burning hormones…
Like I said we once thought that our fat was useless, but it is one of our largest endocrine organs in our body. Researchers have discovered that our fat cells actually release powerful hormones called adipokines and cytokines which are both responsible for burning calories or inflammation in your body.
Science has also shown that our fat cells have the amazing ability to communicate with something called pre-adipocytes and get them to start accepting fatty acids and grow to mature fat cells.
Your fat cells also release two powerful hormones called adiponectin and leptin which have been shown to accelerate fat burning.
Leptin actually tells your brain when you are full and to speed up your metabolism to burn extra fat and adiponectin hormone that fat releases helps to regulate blood sugars.
In those that are overweight both of these hormones lose their ability to control your metabolism. The end result is a slower metabolism, fat storage and a host of other problems.
Different Types Of Fat Cells
We have different types of fat cells and even though we don’t want either there is one form that is more toxic to our body.
The subcutaneous fat which is the fat directly under our skin that we see on our stomach, thighs, butt and hips. This is what we see and always want to get rid of.
The other type of fat is visceral fat which is found deep in our body and wraps around our internal organs.
Science has shown that visceral fat may be more toxic to our body due to the molecules that it produces and secretes.
This type of fat has also been linked to increased risk for heart disease, cancers and diabetes.
When looking at risk factors for chronic diseases where your fat is located could be key indicators.
If you have more fat around your waist then you may be at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
If you find yourself carrying more weight in your hips and thighs you may have less risk for chronic diseases.
Here are 4 Ways To Burn Fat Regardless Of The Type
This method of course is the most obvious way to burn extra fat and lose that stubborn belly fat.
A diet full of fiber, lean proteins and essential fats can help promote more fat loss.
Some research studies have shown that an increased fiber intake has been linked to lower increases in visceral fat.
The proper mix of foods could promote greater fat loss which then would boost the fat burning hormones adiponectin and leptin to accelerate fat loss even more.
The right kind of exercise is key here if you want to burn both subcutaneous and visceral fat.
High intensity exercises like sprint or interval training has been shown to burn more calories over a longer period of time and preserve lean muscle mass.
Science has shown us that poor sleep habits may lead to increase weight gain because it can trigger increased food cravings.
Lack of sleep can activate our hunger hormones such as Ghrelin which causes us to eat more than we should.
A key piece to controlling body weight and reducing stored fat is managing stress. When your stress level is too high it can cause an increase in appetite and cravings of high calorie foods which may increase blood sugar levels.
This can then lead to an increase in insulin levels which promote fat storage.
We often get caught up in the latest fads when it comes to weight loss and then wonder why we can’t lose any fat. We forget about the basics of fat loss and what I would call the foundation for fat loss.
Include these 4 steps as your foundation and I bet you will find the extra fat starting to fall off.
If you need a little kickstart with revving up your metabolism give this formula a try that has been used for years by fitness competitors to get in tip-top shape.