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Focusing on Fat May Not Be Our Best Move

By Tom Herrin

Some of us seem to be obsessed with fat.  Every time our clothes don't look the way we would like, we may blame it on weight gain.  A little extra body subcutaneous fat can make a lot of difference.  That is, of course, the fat just below our skin.  We all need a little of it, but there is a limit, and we need to know our limits.  Fat is a concern of many, but all fat is not the same, and it does not all serve the same purposes.  Some is very good and useful while some is bad and dangerous.  At least, we know a lot more about it today than we did just a few years ago. 

Bad Fat Is Just That

Some fat is a potential health threat.  The most extreme is belly fat.  In recent years, it has been seen as a sign of very poor health when there is an excess.  It is mostly white fat and may be a major contributor to stroke, heart disease, and arterial diseases.  It is known to add to some organ problems and cancers. It may also add to some issues with some types of diabetes.

Some Fat Is Really Necessary

Some parts of our bodies need fat in order to be in their best shape.  This includes the brain, nerves, and bone marrow.  Some fat also helps to regulate hormones and blood sugar.  Some of it may help to store vitamins.  Body fat can help to manage our temperatures as well.  It may serve as a cushion to protect some of our internal organs.

There Is Some Benefit to Measuring Fat

At one time, it would have seemed almost comical to measure body fat.  Today it is a reality.  There are several ways to measure body fat, and it seems to have some useful purposes.  If you go to some exercise or diet facilities, they may have some very elaborate ways to do this.  For those of us who prefer something simpler, there are several kinds of body mass indicator scales.  They are based on a few particular details such as age, height, weight, and frame size.  They are not very technical or perfect, but they may be able to provide us with a general idea of where we are in comparison to those with different types of body fat ratios.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Plano, Tex.

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