Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Skinny on Fat

The picture you see above is one pound of fat! As much as we want to lose all of our fat - it would not be possible nor would it be healthy. Although excess fat is not healthy, the human body requires a certain amount of fat to function.

The average woman - 5'4" in height and weighing 166 pounds is made up of 46.5 pounds of fat.

There are two categories of fat: Essential Fat and Storage Fat.

Why do you need Essential Fat in your body?
  • Promotes a healthy metabolism
  • Fat molecules transport vitamins and minerals throughout the body
  • Insulates and protects vital organs
  • Surrounds and protects nerve fibers to help transmit nerve impulses
  • Provides energy
  • Supports cell growth

Storage Fat is the other type of body fat. This is the fat you accumulate beneath your skin, in certain specific areas inside your body, and in your muscles. It also includes the deep fat that protects your internal organs from injury. Men and women have similar amounts of storage fat.
It is desirable to have some storage fat due to the protective role it plays in your body. However, most storage fat is considered to be "expendable". Storage fat:

  • increases when you gain weight
  • is what you want to lose when you lose weight. Many Americans have too much storage fat, while some have too little. Too much or too little storage fat is unhealthy.
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