In all mammals, body fat plays a significant role in sustaining life. It provides cushioning for the body’s organs and skeletal joints. It also forms an insulating layer against cold. Body fat is also one of the body’s primary energy sources. On the other hand, excess body fat poses potential health risks. Weight gain exerts excess pressure on some of the body’s vital organs including the heart liver and kidneys. It’s also linked to health conditions including cardiovascular disease, depression and sleep apnea among others. With a huge percentage of the population being considered obese or overweight, weight loss has become a major concern for health practitioners.
For most people, losing weight seems an impossible task. Although there are numerous ways to lose weight, choosing the wrong weight loss method often results in failure. In some cases, it can actually lead to added weight. Before trying to lose weight, it’s important that you first understand body fat.
Types of body fat
The human body has four types of fat; subcutaneous fat, white fat, visceral fat and brown fat.
Subcutaneous fat is found directly under the skin. Its main function is to provide insulation as well as act as a cushion to the body. Subcutaneous fat is what’s measured to know your total body fat composition. An excess amount of this type of fat in the belly area has been found to be a health risk as well as an indicator of existence of visceral fat.
White fat is the most abundant type of fat in the body. Its main function is to store energy. Studies show that white fat also produces the hormone adiponcetin which increases insulin sensitivity in the muscle and liver cells. However, excess white fat in the body also results in decreased production of this hormone.
Brown fat is also commonly known as active fat. Studies have shown that lean people have a higher percentage of brown fat compared to obese people. Other studies show that brown fat actively burns white fat when it’s activated.
Visceral fat forms around the organs particularly within the abdominal and chest cavity. It’s the most dangerous type of fat. This type of fat has been linked to insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and even dementia.
Understanding the different types of body fat enables you to know which type of fat to get rid of and which to keep intact. For example, brown fat is beneficial in keeping white fat in check. So you’d want to retain as much brown fat in your body while getting rid of excess white, visceral and subcutaneous fat.
Currently under clinical Research.
One peptide that is currently under research and not yet approved by the FDA for human consumption is HGH fragment 176-191. The peptide has been shown through animal testing to selectively burn through unwanted body fat without such side effects. The effects of synthesized versions of fragment 176-191 are still being tested. Results of the application of this chemical have not been confirmed outside of a laboratory setting. You can find out more about this research peptide at.