Types of Excess Body Fat

Types of Excess Body Fat

When you hear the phrase “excess body fat”, what comes to your mind? You may think of fat in terms of the part of the body where it is, for example, belly fat, but this is just the physical manifestation of this body fat.

There are different types of excess body fat which has been established by many studies. In fact, much research has shown an array of distinctly colored fats and this range from reddish brown to beige. There are even some clinical trials that described fat as resembling light peanut butter. However, the scientific classification is based on the unique molecular properties and health implication of excess body fat.

Find below the different types of body fat:

Brown Fat

Brown fat, also called brown adipose tissue (BAT), is found at the chest areas and in the back of the neck. Scientific studies have shown that lean people carry more of this fat and when it is stimulated it can burn calories.

As a matter of fact, the brown fat is responsible for your core fat temperature, and when you expose yourself to cold temperature, it stimulates the transformation of white fat into brown fat.

White Subcutaneous Fat

This type of fat is commonly seen around the thigh, hip, and tummy area. It is usually formed when your metabolism slows down due to excess of white fat (and subsequently adiponectin secretion). The subcutaneous fat helps to keep your blood sugar stable and keep fat stores in check.

Beige Fat

The beige fat is found along the collarbone and spine. It is a combination of brown and white fat, and some foods like grapes can help with this “browning process.

Visceral Fat

This fat is very dangerous and it is found majorly around abdominal organs. It can cause “big belly” and in some severe cases, enlarged liver- as a result of blood being dumped during drainage from the visceral fat around the liver. This fat can cause an increase in your overall blood cholesterol and inflammatory chemicals which may lead to cancer, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Subcutaneous Fat (SF)

Subcutaneous fat is located just beneath the skin, and it is majorly used to find out body fat percentage. It can be found all around the body, especially on the thighs, bums, and back of arms.

This fat produces estrogen in both males and female, and when in excess, it can become your dominant hormone causing weight gain. This can increase your risk of CVD disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes.

Examples of Excess Body Fat

Lower Body Fat

This type of excess body fat is often seen in the thigh region and can make your thighs a bit more

voluptuous than you may desire. It can give you a pear-shaped body, and this can be horrifying and upsetting as you may not be able to fit into skinny jeans and skimpy shorts.

The lower body fat is so damn stubborn making your thighs one of the harder areas to trim fat from. This is a big pain for a lot of women.

Lower Abdomen Fats

This type of fat is commonly seen among ladies and it is characterized by the bigger tummy. This fat forms deep within your abdominal cavity, between organs, triggering chronic inflammation and causing an increase in your risk of heart diseases and diabetes.

Full Upper Body Fat

This type of excess body fat is commonly seen around the chest, arms, back, and stomach region. When in excess, it can make you look shapeless in clothes, and cause you to be self-conscious. Studies have shown that the full upper body fat can put you at risk of developing heart diseases and metabolic disorders.

Large Stomach with Upper Back

This type of fat refers to the accumulation of visceral fat in the upper abdominal region. It often leads to an increase in your waist circumference as well as cause a protruded stomach. This can be embarrassing as it often makes you feel embarrassed to wear your favorite backless dress.

Lower Back Fat, Including Lower Legs

This type of fat is common among women and it is characterized by swollen legs and upper back, especially during pregnancy or if you have leg vein problems. Majority of this fat is subcutaneous and it poses fewer long-term health concerns.


20 thoughts on “Types of Excess Body Fat

  1. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about the types of body fat and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)


    1. Hi Ali,
      Nice to know that I’ve been able to add some value. The website is still under development. And thanks for the feedback.

  2. hello Anthony, thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I never knew body fat has types as I just regard all if it as body fat. Fat have been one of the biggest health problems for people as it affects both the health and mental state of an individual. These fat should be taken seriously and those with excessive fat should be watchful of what they eat. Nice being here.

    1. Hello Dane,

      Thank you for reading through my article. I am glad you learned somethings from my write-up. Hopefully, everyone has the same mindset you do and takes their health into their hands.

  3. I didn’t expect a comprehensive breakdown of fat tissue when I stumbled on this article. Thanks for that, it was very helpful. I’ve been taking cold showers for the last 2 years and noticed a LOT of benefits. I wonder if that contributes to “brown” fat tissue. That picture of the lady in the purple must be photo shopped right? 🤣 

    1. Hi Wilson,

      It brings me joy to see that you were pleasantly surprised by the information you found in my article. Unfortunately, that picture reflects the sad reality that many face. I hope you continue to read my articles, engage with them and benefit from them. 

  4. Thank you for your blog. Amazing insight on the body fat. I would read all the time about loading extra weight but I never came across anyone that went so in-depth as you.
    Thanks to your post my mother has made progress on losing fat that she has worked at for years. 

    Thank you very much!!!

    1. Hi Steve,

      Wow! This is such great news. I am really glad for your mum and I wish her all the best as she continues to progress towards reaching her goal.

  5. Wow! You have really covered up ever aspect that has to do with  body fats in this post and the various types of the body fats. I have never for once given much considerations to all of these fat types and there are even some on the list that I would have never considered to be fat. Well! It is a great addition to my body of knowledge and I’m delighted to have read all of these. Thanks so much for this and I surely found it all to be very worthy of my time to read. Thumbs up

  6. I always thought fat was fat! I did not realize there were different kinds of fat. This is very interesting and I bet it makes a big difference when you talk about how to best fight fat on the body. It’s good to know which kinds of fat are more important to reduce from a health perspective, even though it isn’t always the fat we most wish to see disappear.

    1. Hi Holly,

      My exact thought when I researched the information presented. I had no clue prior to conducting research that different types of fat exist. Identification of the type of fat is the first step to take in recognising whether or not it poses a threat to health. Your last statement is very true, what we want to get rid of may not always be what we need to get rid of.

      Thank you for the well thought out comment!

  7. I never have read or learned about the different types of body fat? Did not know there are different colors of fat and where they were stored can cause risks for certain disease processes. Except for a doctor, one time showed me this lady who was pear-shaped and stated she would more than likely have heart issues down the line. I just thought he was just saying that. Your site is coming along nicely. I look forward to reading more about losing this excess weight that I carry around.  Thank you for your story and information


    1. Hi Lisa,

      I also came across the different types of fat for the first time, while researching for the article. It is rather amazing how much information we have at our fingertips that when put to use can be greatly beneficial to us. Lovely feedback, I will continue to put forth an effort to polish my site and articles.

  8. Hi Anthony,

    Great article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    I didn’t know there were so many fat types such as beige, white, brown. I am impressed! My husband has accumulated fat in the upper abdominal region, and to be honest, I am worried about this. Can it be dangerous for him? 

    I do have lower abdomen fat since I gave birth and of course, I dream of getting rid of it, but it’s very hard:) Do you have some tips? What would be the best sport to eliminate this type of fat? I am walking a lot, but I don’t know if it’s enough.

    Thanks a lot for this useful post!

    1. Hi Daniella, 

      Thanks for your time in reading through the materials and for your kind words. I am happy that you have identified the problem of upper body fat as a problem concerning your hubby. That is the first step given the potential health implications. There are many types of exercises that he can do like push-ups, pull-ups and many others to continue burning excess upper body fat. 
      I must not forget to state that weight loss is a total package, not just about focusing on one part of the body, which is termed ‘spot-exercising’. The human body has a way of adjusting in the right proportions in response to fitness activities.

      You may want to share this link: https://loseexcessfat101.com/causes-of-excess-body-fat/ with your spouse. It provides some insights into the causes of excess body fat. Identifying the root cause is essential to make necessary adjustments to possible lifestyle habits. Cutting down on habits that lead to fat accumulation is vital.

      You are doing well in walking to fitness. Do not give up in the race from fat to fit. Regularity is crucial and using some of our tips in this article: https://loseexcessfat101.com/how-to-get-rid-of-belly-fat-in-women/
      In your bid to correct postpartum fat, please “avoid sit-ups as they prevent natural body healing. Also, visit the doctor if the condition is accompanied by pelvic, back, or stomach pain!” 

      Good health to you and your family!

  9. Having excess body fat does not only affect our health conditions negatively but also make our posture very disgusting and bizarre to behold. Visceral weight and upper body weight as presented through the pictures attached are really not good to behold especially for women who have all these and there is a constant need to engage in serious activities and routines that will help restore our shapes back to the normal way. Though there are various causes of weight gain, it is a personal decision to lose it. Great article you have written here.

    1. Hi Shelley,

      Thank you for the great feedback. It definitely is a personal decision to make, one of high importance. I will continue to do my best to provide information and links to resources that will help.

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