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There are two types of fat cells. Here’s how to get more of the good stuff.

Not all fat is created equal.

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You can increase the amount of brown fat you have by sleeping in a cool room.

Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where we want it to? Where does it wander when it’s lost? This, my friends, is Fat Month.

Most people assume that all body is made the same. We should have some of). But that’s only part of fat’s story. We actually have two completely different types of fat cells: Brown fat and white fat. And brown fat, as it turns out, has one incredibly cool—and useful—function. It can burn calories for you.

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