Fat is a bit of a buzzword. While people talk about burning it or losing it all the time, there’s not a lot of conversation about what fat actually is or how it works. Here are five things that you can learn about fat itself that will make losing weight and keeping it off easier in the future.
1. All Fat Isn’t the Same
Fat comes in different colors. While white fat doesn’t burn any calories and just sit around being an energy reserve for your body, beige fat is more metabolically active and can actually contribute towards you losing weight. Scientists are looking into ways to help people convert white fat into beige fat. Right now, it looks like you need both exercise and the right hormones to make the switch, but licorice, seaweed and peppers seem to help in some cases.
2. You Burn Calories First, Fat Second
Diet and exercise can melt the pounds off, but only when they work together. When you exercise (or when you burn calories performing any other activity), your body uses more accessible energy before it starts liquidating your fat cells. Think of it like a bank account. Blood sugar and glycogen are like a checking account while your fat reserves are like a savings account. Your body won’t start withdrawing from savings unless it has to. Because of this, it’s important to maintain a caloric deficit, no matter how much you exercise.
3. You Can Keep Your Body from Making New Fat
There are multiple angles you can use to start reducing your fat reserves. One highly effective option that isn’t talked about as much involves preventing your body from storing calories as fat in the first place. The best way to do this is with Garcinia Cambogia, Dr. Oz’s miracle supplement. Garcinia Cambogia contains hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, which helps block enzymes that your body uses in the process of storing fat. This allows you to lose weight much faster on a smaller caloric deficit.
4. Stress Can Make You Gain Weight
Different types of cells respond differently to hormones. Notably, the type of fat cells that accumulate around your belly is affected by cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. When you’re more stressed out, these cells not only try to multiply, but they’ll also send signals to your brain to try to get you to eat more and exercise less. Seriously. Doctors recommend taking an Omega 3 supplement or probiotics to help reduce this effect.
5. Chocolate Kills Cravings
We’ve established that fat cells can try to convince you to eat so that your body can make more neighbors for them. While a fish oil pill or some yogurt can help reduce these cravings long term, it won’t do much for them now. Try eating a small amount of chocolate to help reduce cravings in the short-term. Most chocolate has just enough sugar to satisfy your brain while also possessing some mild anti-inflammatory properties that will help disrupt the messages your fat cells are sending to your brain. Be sure to account for the calories added by each chocolate in your diet plan. You’ll still want to run a deficit each day in order to lose weight.