The Different Types of Fat in the Body

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Your metabolism is a collection of all the small chemical reactions taking place in your body that work to keep you alive. These reactions are fueled by burning up the calories that exist in all the food you eat. If you eat more calories than you need to power these reactions, the excess food energy will be stored as fat. Each person’s metabolism is different, just like every person is different. Throughout July we’ll be exploring the different ways metabolisms work, and how understanding your own metabolism can help you become healthier.

We all know there is fat in our bodies, but what are the different types of fat? In today’s blog post, C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Chief Academic Officer and Senior Investigator at Joslin Diabetes Center, explains the different types of white fat and why the location of fat is important.

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One Response to The Different Types of Fat in the Body

  1. I have used fasting (the 5:2 method alternating with the 6:1 version) to lose 14 pounds over 2 1/2 months. Do you have any comments to make on this approach? When I started my a1c reading was over 12. But I have many questions about this hemoglobin measuring technique…any comments on my suspicions? I have no medical background, but have gotten most of my information via the Internet. Why do doctors assume that all conversations with their patients are one-way, and that their patients must be given ‘pablum’ responses?

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