You may think fat is simply fat, but that isn't the case. Body fat gets quite the bad rap in the health world, however not all fat is bad fat. In fact, there is some fat that you need in your body in order for it to properly function. In general, fat has two purposes; to store excess calories safely so you use the fat when you're hungry and to release hormones that control your metabolism. But, let's take a closer look into the three different types of fat and what one you need.
Normal fat is the fat that acts as a regular reserve of fuel that the human body can draw when it is nutritionally deficient. These fat reserves are located throughout the human body. Normal fat has the highest amount of calories within the smallest and economically stored areas of the human body. Normal fat is used to fuel muscular activity and to maintain a steady and even body temperature within the human body. Of course, this is essential fat, however, if having too much, you run the risk of obesity.
Structural fat is an essential element to the human body. Structural fat fills the gaps in between organs, acting as a cushion and insulation for the human body. Aside from that function, they also play an important role with bedding the kidneys in soft elastic tissue, protecting coronary arteries and keeping skin smooth. In addition, it gives cushion to the bottom of the foot, making it possible for humans to walk.
This is the "deep" fat that is wrapped around your inner organs and when having it can lead to serious health problems. If you have a large waist, you have abnormal fat, also known as visceral fat. Belly fat is mostly abnormal fat with some subcutaneous fat. This fat affects insulin resistance which boosts the risk of diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. This is an extremely dangerous fat which is a number one priority for removing from the body, which can be done through exercise and diet.
Fat shouldn't have to scream out danger. Knowing the different types and their functions can give you a better outlook on what your body needs. Though, some types, such as visceral fat, is extremely dangerous. But, with some hard work and lifestyle change, you can easily change this and just keep the "good" fat around.