CALL US 0207 2929 140

Menu
Personal Trainer Blogs

PERSONAL TRAINER & FITNESS BLOGS

Banner Iamage Tom Godwin
2 MIN READ

Types of Body Fat

Written By

Tom Godwin

Category

Exercise Referral, Life Coaching, Nutrition, Personal Training

Posted On

22 October 2015

Share Article

Obesity is a major problem in the UK and in fact most of the world … no surprise there! There is a great deal of talk about fat and how that affects our physiology, but fat has always just been fat. However, more recently, the media has been talking about the different types of fat within the body.

This article aims to discuss the difference between the different types of fat that we have inside our bodies and the roles that they play. For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing brown and white fat, and their roles within the body.

First of all, we will look at brown fat. This is a type of fat that has many blood vessels, which therefore gives it a slightly brown tinge. The key role of brown fat is to produce heat for the body, and it has a major role in helping our bodies stay warm. The amount of brown fat is at its highest when we are in infancy and unable to look after ourselves and keep warm.

The amount of brown fat is exceeded even in lean people by the amount of white fat. This type of fat is more of a storeroom for energy. Brown fat cells contain many small droplets of fat as opposed to white fat, which has a single larger drop. White fat is used in the body as pure storage space for fat that can then be used in energy production. As the body takes on more excess energy and stores it as body fat, the amount of fat stored across the body as white fat will increase. This may then lead to obesity.

The mechanisms of how and why we store fat are very interesting to the fitness professional, and with a true understanding of how obesity works (well, of what we know so far) in the quickly developing subject area, you can stay ahead of the pack and get your clients true results. To find out more about becoming a Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes specialist, click here.

Tom Godwin (@TomForesight) has been involved in the fitness industry for over 18 years and has been involved with personal training, business/career development and corrective exercise. He is currently involved in personal trainer education as a tutor, assessor and course developer for Fitness Industry Education.


blog comments powered by Disqus



  • Written By

    Lee

    Category

    Nutrition, Personal Training, Programming

    Posted On

    18 April 2016

    By Lee Constantinou - Making that first step to transform your body can be tough! I know the feeling! The past 5 years have seen me undertake and coach many body transformations for fitness, bikini and physique competitions and starting out is always the hardest part. If you want to guarantee yourself a successful transformation take these 5 steps and you’ll be well on your way to transforming your body.

  • Written By

    Jeremy Boyd

    Category

    Personal Training, Programming

    Posted On

    20 May 2014

    One of the challenges facing the average exerciser today is the sheer variety of exercise options available to them. Part of the confusion regarding what type of exercise to partake in is the supposed benefits. Additionally, certain types of exercise promise greater, quicker or better results than others.

  • Written By

    Hannah Tyldesley

    Category

    General Fitness

    Posted On

    27 July 2016

    Summer is hot on our heels with even the weather growing warmer. Soon will come the time we’re encouraged to show our skin, and embrace the bodies we own regardless of whether we’ve treated them well during the winter months. Cue… the fad diet panic. Enter… TRAINFITNESS.

  • Written By

    TRAINFITNESS Programmes

    Category

    Core Training, General Group Exercise, Kettlebells, Padwork

    Posted On

    4 July 2016

    The latest T3 workouts from TRAINFITNESS are now available. The fourth T3 release of 2016 has been designed specifically to help your clients achieve their fitness goals. Check out the v16.4 preview of each of the programmes below. As always, there’s a great new music sound track to motivate your clients all the way through the workout.

  • Written By

    Richard Scrivener

    Category

    Nutrition

    Posted On

    11 April 2016

    Once we understand that our body is made up of billions of tiny individual cells and that these cells collectively are responsible for our health, it becomes very clear that an unhealthy body will have a difficult time losing fat, gaining muscle, driving up energy levels, thinking with greater clarity, possessing better skin and hair, having fewer colds and ills and generally performing positively.

  • Written By

    Richard Scrivener

    Category

    Core Training, Personal Training, Rehabilitation

    Posted On

    20 May 2014

    The ‘core’ is often thought of, and trained as, a body part which requires special attention; a body part that deserves a training day dedicated solely to its development (“I’m training legs and abs/core today”) and a body part who’s dysfunction or weakness leads to injury and poor performance. Indeed there is scientific evidence to support all these views; for example it is often claimed that in low back pain sufferers, deep core muscles do not ‘fire’ as quickly as they should- but how on earth does one target a single, very small, deep muscle amongst the “29 pairs of muscle that support the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex”?