Brown fat: what it is and how to activate it to lose weight

Brown fat, also known as brown fat, is a special type of adipose tissue that activates when one cools. It is capable of producing heat to help maintain body temperature even in very low temperature conditions.

Babies are born with large amounts of brown fat, mainly around the neck and torso. It is a strategy of nature to help the survival of the little ones in their first months of life. As the person grows, this adipose tissue decreases. But, although it was previously believed to finally disappear, it has been found that adults still retain certain amounts of brown fat.

Brown fat contains many more mitochondria than white fat. They are the "engines" of brown adipose tissue, which burn calories to produce heat. That is why it has aroused the interest of researchers, who have studied their ability to be a natural tool for weight loss.

Although the studies carried out are preliminary, the results are encouraging and suggest that, knowing how to activate brown fat, it is possible to use it to lose weight.

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How to activate brown fat

Among the different studies that have been carried out, these strategies to activate brown fat are the ones that have given the best results.

  • 1. Exercise

We already know that exercising regularly is good for your health, and very necessary to lose weight. But beyond that, a recent study showed that exercise helps convert white fat to brown fat, which would imply that physical activity not only helps you lose weight while doing it, but also helps you keep losing weight even after of having finished

  • 2. Reduce the temperature at home

Nobody wants to live in a place where it is too cold, and it is not good for health either. However, lowering the house thermostat a couple of degrees can be a great way to activate brown fat.

This hypothesis has been verified in a study. In it, several young people had to spend two hours a day in a room with a temperature somewhat higher than 17 degrees for six weeks. The results showed that, as the days of the experiment passed, more and more calories were spent to maintain body temperature, which indicated to researchers that during that time the number of brown fat cells increased.

  • 3. Stimulate the production of melatonin

Melatonin is known as the hormone that regulates sleep, but recently it has been discovered that it also influences the creation of brown fat. This was demonstrated by an experimental study of the University of Granada.

Although there are several artificial methods to increase this component, it should be remembered that there is no better way to regulate it than to receive sunlight during the day.

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Sources:

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Mayo Clinic

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