What is brown fat, can it help promote weight loss?
Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) Medical News Today is very different to the white fat that we can all conjure up an image of. White fat, is the fat that stores calories, is insulin resistant and promotes inflammation. Brown fat burns energy increasing calorie burn and the production of heat.
Now the interesting stuff is that this brown fat when exposed to the Stresses of COLD, starts to consume a considerable amount of energy from the white fat stores to ultimately keep you warm.
Until recently Brown Fat was thought to only be found in newborn babies, to keep them warm until they gain the ability to shiver. Science has recently revealed that Brown Fat is present in all humans but that the levels may differ. Humans with a lower BMI tend to have more.
Brown Fat can be found in the neck, near the spine and heart in adult humans. It is brown because of the amount of blood vessels and mitochondria it contains – the power source for our cells.
Research has found that by exposing the human body to COLD can result in the activation of this brown tissue and even promote the production of more.
Scientists have recently started to research a drug for humans, to increase the brown fat in their bodies which could ultimately lead to the treatment of the obesity epidemic and type 2 diabetes. Pharmacological Activation of Brown Fat
Can I generate my own Brown Fat?
Evidence suggests that just by exposing the body to a more cooler temperature such as turning down the thermostat to 60 degrees can Keep Brown fat Active.
Exposing the body to a cooler shower, sleeping in a cooler setting and exercising in the cold can activate the brown fat too, even notions of leaving the window open at night have been suggested. Embrace the Cold. Shivering and Exercise.
Some extreme methods have been harnessed by individuals too such as cold showers, Ice baths, exercising with minimal clothing – in a cold environment and they are seeing amazing results Wim Hof Method.
Ice packs are being placed on the fatty areas to promote Brown fat production and even Cryotherapy being promoted in the health and beauty industry and used by athletes and coaches worldwide, who swear by it.
Now I know that not everyone likes to be cold but surely by just simply getting outside and exposing your body to a temperature variation, or taking a cold shower now and then is much better than taking a drug.
I think so, anyway!
The possibilities of increasing our brown fat, I’m sure will become part of a worldwide drive to curb the obesity epidemic and I’m watching this space. Let’s wait and see.
This is only the beginning in terms of trials and studies with supporting evidence in the early stages but becoming prevalent each day.
Ultimately I personally feel along with many others that this is what our bodies are designed to combat and ignite in order to survive. ‘The Fight or Flight Response’
Is a temperature controlled environment 365 days a year the reason for our obesity epidemic. I think it’s certainly contributing.
In the meantime, anyone for a cold shower!?
Please note these are my opinions based on evidence and non evidential material from my own personal interest in looking at the positive impact from our natural environment to exercise and weight loss.