So you want to get rid of excess fat? Lots of people want to get rid of them to improve appearance but you probably know that this goal can give you more than that. Excessive fat can lead to several diseases including heart attack and diabetes 2.
Have you seen the “Body Fat Burns More Calories” MSCNBC show? There were a lot of studies about brown fat, which is seen to be useful for weight loss. For years, scientists aimed to reveal the fascinating weight loss properties of brown fat because of the growing problem in obesity. This can also help if you want to enjoy life by having a fit body.
Adipocytes: Brown vs. White Fat
There are two forms of adipocytes. The first one produces fat tissues that store energy in the form of fat. They are called white fat or white adipose tissue. You can see them below your abdominal area as well as in thighs and arms. The second one produces heat and energy. In effect, more calories are burned. They are referred to as brown fat or brown adipose tissue.
What is Brown fat?
Brown fat is produced within human bodies. Initially, researchers and scientists thought that they are present only in babies. However, a study conducted by Joslin Diabetes Center’s scientists proved that they are still present in adults mostly around the neck. They only become less active as a person grows up. Do you want more proof? Dr. Sven Enerbäck in Sweden’s University of Gothenburg got the same results.
The amount of brown adipose tissue in the human body differs according to different factors including age and glucose levels. You have more brown adipose tissues when you are younger and as you maintain a normal glucose level. In addition, studies show that females have more brown adipose tissues than males.
Brown fat and Metabolism
You can burn 20% of the calorie intake with only 50 grams of brown fat. This equates to 500 calories in an average calorie intake. This is definitely a big help to you if you have a slow metabolism. Activating brown adipose tissue is clearly the solution if you cannot afford to work out because of busy lifestyle.
Basically, brown adipose tissues are very effective in maintaining the balance between calorie intake and calorie burning. At any rate, you may burn more calories even without workout with brown fat.
How to Activate Brown fat?
You don’t have to spend money to activate brown adipose tissues in your body. They are responsible mainly for burning fat and producing heat and energy. As a matter of fact, they are more active during cold weather. You can activate them by taking cold showers or staying at cold rooms. This will make you hungry so be cautious about eating more when trying to activate brown adipose tissues. You should also eat foods that help in activating brown adipose tissues.
Brown fat Foods
The foods that can help you increase active brown fat in your body are those that are rich in lean protein and healthy fatty acids. Here are a few examples:
- fish especially tuna and salmon
- lean beef and steak
- chicken breast
- dairy products such as eggs, cheese, low-fat milk and non-fat yogurt
Now that you’ve learned about brown fat basics, you be the judge of this benefit!
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