7 Things You Don't Know About Body Fat — But Should!

There are a lot of important things about fat you probably don’t know.

7 Things You Don't Know About Body Fat — But Should!

By Toni Gasparis

The subject of fat often pops up in everyday conversation. Whether people are gaining or losing it, it is a hot topic. But the understanding of fat isn't as black and white as you may think. There are many things about body fat (like the fact that it's good for your body) that you may not know about but should be aware of in order to live your healthiest life. Fitness expert and co-founder of the Transform App Chris Powell along with family physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Jennifer Caudle help bust myths and explain the things you need to know when it comes to your fat.

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Your Body Has Two Types of Fat

There are two different types of fat in your body – white fat and brown fat. White fat, technically known as adipose tissue, is the more common type of fat. This fat is what our body collects from calories and stores until we need it. Chris Powell says that “When we consume more calories than our body burns, we brilliantly store the excess calories as this amazing ‘blanket of energy’ that covers our body. When we don’t consume enough energy for our needs, our body mobilizes the energy from the blanket and uses it. The average human can store between 90,000 to 140,000 calories of white fat blanketing their body – which is a lot of energy. In fact, that’s enough for nearly 150 hours of running.” White fat also plays a role in telling your body that you are full in addition to resisting insulin. While research is still being conducted on brown fat, there is a lot less of it in your body – a person may have 20 to 40 pounds or more of white fat but only two to four ounces of brown fat. Preliminary observation has shown that this brown fat is very active and burns calories similar to the way muscle building does.

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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