Exercise Benefits More Than Muscle – Fat
We often hear of how exercise is beneficial to muscle building. New research suggests that exercise may boost the calorie burning potential of fat. The calorie burning properties of brown fat was previously only thought to be active in babies and children. Studies in mice have showed promising results with improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity related to brown fat. However, researchers have questioned how metabolically active brown fat tissue is in adult humans.
They are revealing multiple factors, such as age, seasonal temperature variations, and gender, likely play a part in the metabolic activity of brown fat tissue in adult humans. Research is ongoing with regard to the potential of brown fat. A small study presented at the American Diabetes Assocation scientific sessions may be shedding more light on the potential brown fat has in adult humans.
A group of 10 healthy men trained on a bike for 12 weeks. Over the course of the 12 weeks white adipose tissue showed a browning. This new information suggests that exercise supports turning inactive white fat into brown fat. They found that fat can be “trained” as such “it becomes browner and more metabolically active,” according to Kristin Stanford, a postdoctoral fellow at Joslin Diabetes Center in Lanham, Maryland.
Additional research is needed, but this information may unlock better understanding of energy balance.