Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
Throughout the following blog I will display another reason why there is yet another good reason to start an exercise program. There are new scientific research studies that prove exercising throughout the day can modify the activity in which a fat cell is stored in the body.
The two different kinds of fats in the body are easily described as ‘white’ fats and ‘brown’ fats. The white fatty tissues in the body seemed to be less metabolic in the human body. One study showed that when an individual was exercising on a daily basis there was a ‘browning’ effect in the fat cells which caused it to be much more metabolic. This browning effect of the fat cells caused by exercise suggests that it is associated with increased glucose uptake, improved body composition, decreased fat mass, and increased insulin sensitivity. Furthermore, even if you are not losing weight while exercising, the positive effects of physical training lead to the brown fat to be more metabolically active throughout the body.
Even if you are not seeing the results on the scale, you are still effectively making healthy choices and speeding up your metabolism in the process. Remember that a healthy calorie counting diet alone will not be enough to lead a healthy lifestyle. There is a major difference between 5 pounds of muscle and 5 pounds of fat. Try to not relate progress in training with weight on the scale. There are many unhealthy people around that may look lean and healthy, but in fact are the ‘skinny fat’ people. Exercise works the muscle and as the saying still goes…’if you don’t use it, you lose it!’ Think about your heart the next time you exercise. Your heart is in fact a muscle. The more heartbeats you use throughout the day, weeks, and years; the more stress you are putting your body through on a daily basis. This is why a lower resting heart rate is better than someone who has a higher resting heartbeat. You want to exercise and work out your heart rate and keep it moving at a higher rate for at least 3 hours a week in order to train your heart and let it be more efficient on a daily basis. Not to be dramatic, but you only have so many heartbeats in a lifetime. Make sure to exercise and eat more fruits, vegetables, and berries in order to control the stress you put on your heart on a daily basis. Check out www.jnunn.juiceplus for a very easy way to get more fruits, vegetables, and berries in your system every single day! Last but not least, unless you are training for a physical event or race that requires you to be a certain weight make sure to throw away the scale. All that matters are how you feel, how you fit in your clothes, and how you look. The scale is worthless in my opinion and on top of everything else if I were to use the standard BMI Scale for measuring my own body composition, I would actually be considered overweight! Being 6’3 and 220 pounds I am considered nearly obese. This general system of measurement (BMI Scale-Basic Metabolic Rate) is completely outdated. Throw the scale out of your life and bring more exercise and good diet into your life.
Jack Nunn is the head trainer and owner of Roworx. Jack is a former national team rower who has competed in more than 100 triathlons, including 9 full Ironmans. He has created a system of rowing that prepares the whole body for both competition and fitness longevity.