How COLD WEATHER can help you LOSE FAT. People automatically think ‘’I need to get rid of this nasty fat’’.
But what if there is an adipose tissue that increases your metabolic function and lowers your overall body weight and fat?
I am talking about Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT). BAT is a unique organ found in mammals and what it actually does is to transfer energy from food into heat.
It has nothing to do with shivering during cold weather but it works via norepinephrine and sympathetic nervous system.When BAT gets activated, high amounts of lipids and glucose are combusted in the tissue for making heat.
It had a very catalytic role for the evolutionary success in mammals as its thermogenesis allowed survival even in cold areas.
Babies are born with vast amounts of brown fat distributed over their bodies. As we grow, this tissue gets smaller and smaller.
How can we activate BAT?
Research has shown that
1) prolonged exposure in cold weather is strongly correlated with BAT activity.
Especially if you are into winter sports like snowboarding and skiing that can work for you very effectively.
2) Daily ingestion of capsinoids (spicy foods- chili peppers) increases BAT activity.
If you introduce some capsaicin (chili peppers) once or twice a week it may increase your BAT activity, which in turn, increases your metabolism.
BAT is a very promising way to increase our metabolic function and the current research on the subject is still in its infancy!
1. Cannon, Barbara, et. al. “Brown Adipose Tissue: Function and Physiological Significance.” American Physiological Society (2004): 277-359, accessed August 3, 2014, doi: 0.1152/physrev.00015.2003
2. McMillan AC, White MD. Induction of thermogenesis in brown and beige adipose tissues: molecular markers, mild cold exposure and novel therapies. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2015 oct;22(5):347-52
3. Saito M, Yoneshiro T. Capsinoids and related food ingredients activating brown fat thermogenesis and reducing body fat in humans. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2013 Feb;24(1):71-7
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