As if we didn’t already have enough good reasons to exercise. Two studies funded by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have discovered that exercising could actually help the body “create good fat.”
In one study, 10 healthy men who exercised on a stationary bike for 12 weeks underwent a browning of their subcutaneous white adipose tissue also commonly known as regular fat. According to Dr. Kristin Stanford, “when fat gets trained, it becomes browner and more metabolically active”.
Another study showed that transplanting the brown fat taken from active mice into sedentary mice also led to improvements in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, all of which lasted for at least 12 weeks after the surgery.
As Dr. Laurie Goodyear explains, “what we’re showing here is that fat changes dramatically in response to exercise training and is having good metabolic effects. This is not the fat that’s around your middle, which is bad fat and can lead to diabetes and other insulin resistant conditions. It’s the fat that’s under the skin, the subcutaneous fat that adapts in a way that appears to be having important metabolic effects.”
Unlike regular white fat, brown fat is metabolically more active and actually helps the body burn more calories. If you’ve never heard of this before, watch this video below.