How useful is fat _really_?
January 6, 2007 2:48 PM Subscribe
Fat: Insulation, padding, and storage. But are there any drawbacks to having low bodyfat that I might encounter? I'm lowering bodyfat - currently in the realm of fitness but perhaps going to touch on the realm of vanity. There seem to be no drawbacks currently, any exceptions? How much would the benefit be and how much fat involved? Are there optimum amounts (such as a point beyond which increased fat doesn't increase how long you could survive without food)? To what extent (any?) could fat from previous rich eating help nutritionally balance an unbalanced diet later on? To what extent could it not?
posted by -harlequin- to health & fitness (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Bonus question: Evolutionarily speaking, how much fat is the optimum amount for the ideal adult human male - maximising benefits while minimising costs. (Yeah, I imagine it varies by environment, so include whatever details of that are relevant)