"1. Fat has different colors.
When you think of fat, you most likely think of the white stuff on your tummy, hips and thighs that stores energy until you need it. But there's also brown fat....
"2. Not everybody has brown fat.
However, brown fat almost never shows up in obese people, notes the New York Times, which is why researchers are investigating if the lack of brown fat causes obesity or whether their extra white body fat prevents them from activating their brown fat....
"3. Fat keeps us warm, and not just by insulating us.
All fat cells -- not just brown ones -- can sense temperature directly, and they respond to cold by releasing their energy as heat, according to a 2013 study reported on by ScienceNOW....
"4. Exercise could change the behavior of your fat cells' DNA.
The amount of fat your body carries is partly determined by genetics, but researchers at the Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden found that exercise could play a role in switching on or off certain genes that have to do with fat storage, reports the New York Times....
"5. Not all fat cells are created equal.
Some obese people are metabolically healthy, while others have metabolic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels -- and it turns out you can see the difference on a cellular level....
"6. Human body fat is full of potential stem cells...
And those stem cells are similar to the ones derived from embryos....
"7. Fat cells need sleep too.
If you skimp on sleep, you might be hurting your body fat's ability to respond to insulin, which could lead to weight gain or diabetes down the road....
"8. Doctors are more concerned about the fat you can't see.
Love handles, flabby forearms and double-chins; while these visible (and grab-able) signs of excess fat can be troubling, it's the visceral fat, or fat you can't see, that should be of more concern...."
Read the complete article, "8 Things You Didn't Know About Your Body Fat," by Anna Almendrala for more details: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...healthy-living
Current Attempt (Slow Carb Diet, restarted May 3, 2015) <> Previous Attempt (Slow Carb Diet, 2013-14)
= 10 lbs lost; = 5 lbs lost:
196 lbs = "Overweight" BMI of 29.8
168 lbs = Lowest Weight of Last Diet Attempt, BMI of 25.5
164 lbs = "Normal Weight" BMI of 24.9
145 lbs = Goal Weight BMI of 22.0
Stay between 145 lbs and 155 lbs