Brown Fat + Heat = Weight Loss?

Weight loss is never an easy feat. Most people struggle for years to shed those extra pounds, trying all sorts of crazy diets and exercise programs in a vain attempt to lose weight. But what if there was an easier way to drop weight? What if you knew how to target the stubborn body fat for proper, effective weight loss?

According to a new study published by Science Daily, stimulating activity in the brown adipose tissue in your body can be the key to weight loss!

White vs. Brown Fat

White fat is the stuff we ALL want to lose. It's the fatty tissue that accumulates around your midsection, the backs of your arms, legs, and buttocks. It's the inactive tissue that slows down your body, but which, when activated, provides your body with energy.

Brown fat, on the other hand, is the fat far deeper in your body, the fat you're born with. No matter who you are or how low your body fat percentage, you will have brown fat. There is only a small amount of it, but it's vital for healthy body function.

How Brown Fat Can Help

As the study mentioned above showed, mice who had their brown fat tissue stimulated lost more weight AND had better control over their blood sugar levels than the mice in the control group. The resulting increase in their metabolism made it easier to drop weight--but, more specifically, extra body fat!

The study makes it pretty clear: to enable more effective fat-burning, you need to activate the brown fat deep in your body. Of course, this is easier said than done. Here are a few ways you can increase brown fat activity and burn more calories/fat every day:

Eat more -- That doesn't mean pigging out, but it means NOT starving yourself. People who go on very low-fat and low-calorie diets stop their bodies from turning white fat into brown, keeping it as the inactive, harmful body fat. By eating more, specifically more fat, you encourage the production of brown fat from white. A higher ratio of brown to white body fat is always better!

Move it --This is, of course, the secret to all weight loss! Exercise activates the fatty acids in your body, using them to supplement the glucose you are burning as energy. The longer you exercise, the more fat you burn. But exercise also stimulates your body to release irisin, an enzyme that converts white fat into brown fat.

Eat apples -- More specifically, the apple peel. Apple peels contain ursolic acid, a compound that makes the apple skin shiny but can also increase the production of brown fat from white. An apple or two per day may help to drive the pounds away!

Sleep more -- Melatonin plays an important role in the production of "beige" fat, a type of fatty tissue similar to brown fat. The more you sleep and the less you are exposed to bright lights in the evening, the more melatonin your body can produce, leading to an increased beige fat production and ultimately more calories burned.

Get cold -- Turning down the thermostat in winter may be a hard saying, but being cold can help you to burn more calories. The cold activates a gene in your body that transforms white fat into brown, making it easier for your body to burn calories to stave off the cold. If you can suffer through a bit of chill, it's a great way to increase the number of calories you burn every day!

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