It’s called BAT (brown adipose tissue). You may have heard it called brown fat.
According to Professor Michael Symonds, “until now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its [brown fat] activity in humans.”
Let’s see how they did it and talk about 3 methods that might help turn on this natural calorie & fat melting system you body already has.
Your body has two types of fat…one you want to lose (white fat) and one you could use more of (brown fat).
The brown fat you have creates body heat by burning up calories. The calories brown fat burns com from sugar and fat. Having more active brown fat means a faster calorie-melting metabolism.
This is much different from white fat. White fat just saves extra calories for later.
Turning on brown fat “activity” melts away calories from sugar and fat, helping to regulate blood sugar, improve blood lipid levels, and more. Basically…
Brown fat SPEEDS up your metabolism…it’s a natural calorie & fat melting machine that’s build right into your body– the trouble is activating it!
One way to activate brown fat is cold.
You see, brown fat is a sort-of “hibernation fat” in mammals. It was first found in babies and mammals who hibernate all winter.
Researchers have known for years that cold turns brown fat on and activates it so you can melt away extra calories. This is one the reasons cold therapy has become so popular. It may actually help speed up calorie burn by activating brown fat.
One way to activate brown fat is coffee.
This was a new one for me—I just read about it yesterday.
Scientists from the University of Nottingham have just discovered that coffee can turn up brown fat activity.
Their study was “the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions.”
What they don’t know yet is if it’s the caffeine in the coffee or another substance that’s causing brown fat to get “hotter” and melt more calories when you drink coffee.
One way to activate brown fat is HIIT & a calorie restricted diet.
It’s important to note…
Not all exercise activates brown fat.
And not all diets activate brown fat.
But in 2017, a study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism determined that HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and a calorie restricted diet boosted brown fat activity.
I know it seems obvious to say…
“Exercise more and your metabolism will speed up…”
But the truth is, some types of exercise help you melt fat faster than others. This is just one example of why metabolic training using HIIT principles is a faster, more effective way to get lean and fit.