New research out of Japan finally demonstrates why people tend to get fatter as they get older. – the surprising answer lies in thermogenics, or heat production produced by a certain type of fat. Researchers have identified two types of fat in the body, white fat and brown fat. White fat forms as a result of eating too much, commonly found around the stomach, and is known as the dangerous, bad fat. The other type of fat is brown fat, this type of fat is considered “good” fat because it helps burn the bad fat in the body.
As we age, the thermogenic, or heat producing, effect of brown fat slows. This means the brown fat is less proficient in burning white fat, especially over age 40. As a result, people need to participate in additional physical activity to achieve the same fat burning results. When they don’t, they gain more fat and increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.
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