What is knee fat?
Excellent question to answer if you indeed are serious about slimming your fat knees then a logical place to start would be to “define” fat. And “How did I get fat knees!?!”
Or at least attempt to understand these questions a bit more. And in turn this will help you with losing fat from your whole body.
So… What Is Fat?
Once we figure that out then we can answer the question “what is knee fat?”
It’s simply fat located on the inner knee and outer knee… and sometimes right above your knee hanging down from where your quadriceps muscles should be showing.
Okay, I know. You still don’t know what knee fat is exactly! Well that is because we really need to ask the question what is fat?
We are well on our way to melting away our problem area flab! It’s all about asking the right questions.
Fat is often times a greasy, solid substance derived from animals. Think meats, dairy products, eggs, etc. However it can also be found in various oils. Think vegetable and olive oils for example. And don’t forget that is is also naturally occurring in nuts and some other plant based food such as avacados. And as we know flab also exists in humans. More than we would like, right?
“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War (This strategy ain’t just for emperors, it can be utilized in the war on fat too!)
Here’s so more interesting facts about fat so we can better understand our opponent, adipose tissue.
-Gram for gram (or pound for pound would be a better unit of measurement for some of us) fat which is made up of lipids gives more than twice the amount of energy than a gram carbohydrate or a gram of protein.
-Some fats, like good old bacon and grease remains solid at room temp, while others such as oils and margarine will turn or “melt’ as we like to say, to liquid at room temp.
-Protein is composed of various amino acids while our blubber (and the blubber from the animal products you consume if your not vegan or vegetarian) are composed of fatty acids.
-Most fats are not soluble in water (Remember the elementary school example of oil floating on water?)
-“Fats or lipids are broken down in the body by enzymes called lipase produces in the pancreas.” (Wikipedia)
-Trans fats are actually quite rare in the natural world… and they are the most unhealthy to consume, go figure eh? These mostly occur in processed foods and vegetable oil so you want to avoid those and eat them sparingly.
-And last but not least, fats are actually very important for our health. They optimize hormones, give you more sustained energy, help you stave of hunger pains (especially when dieting), and help insulate your your vital organs (and in the case of knee fat, insulate your fat knees.)
Now we have a little better of an understanding of our enemy (that flab that persistently clings to the area around the knees) and are now better able to fight against it.
Next time we will focus on “knowing ourselves.” And according to Sun Tzu, we will then have a good chance of success.