4 Types of Body Fat and How to Get Rid of it Where it Counts

4 Types of Body Fat and How to Get Rid of it Where it Counts (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Subcutaneous Fat

For people trying to lose weight and slim down, all fat might seem identical. The fat lying just under the skin is known as subcutaneous fat. It usually appears due to genetics and lifestyle factors. For example, a sedentary lifestyle, a lack of aerobic activity, insulin resistance, and consuming a caloric surplus usually leads to the presence of more subcutaneous fat.

Visceral Fat

There are some healthy fats, but visceral fat is not one of them. Your body stores this type of fat within the abdominal cavity. Consequently, it settles close to organs like the stomach and liver. Visceral fat can also build up in the arteries and contribute towards serious health issues.

Brown Fat

Scientists have been working hard to learn more about brown fat. Its main function is to transform food into body heat. You can find pockets of brown fat close to the neck, shoulders, and collarbone area.

What is Brown Fat? — National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Beige Fat

Beige fat is seen as a cousin of brown fat. While the two are similar, they’re not the same thing. Beige fat comes from white fat and is much more useful to adults. While adults usually have very few brown fat deposits, beige fat cells are scattered throughout different parts of the body.

Beige Fat, What’s That? — UMass Medical School

All You Need To Know About The Different Kinds Of Fat

Don’t get intimidated by the many types of fat in the body. Not all of it is created equal, and some types, like beige or brown fat, have significant benefits to health and energy. Adhere to a good diet and exercise regularly. Sometimes the basics are the best strategies for keeping unhealthy subcutaneous and visceral fat at bay.

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