Both dietary fat and adipose tissue itself has been viewed very negatively lately because of the serious health problems associated with having too much fat. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and death are all serious health issues we should be concerned with when it comes to our diet and in the case of fat.
White fat is the fat we most commonly associate with the term “fat” and all the negatives that comes along with it. White fat is the type of fat that we are trying to avoid putting on, which is the result of eating too many calories.
Not only does this fat cause weight gain, but it can affect our hormones as well, causing issues like more weight gain, problems with mood and other issues as well that we would like to avoid. The accumulation of this fat increases our satiation as well, compounding the issue.
Brown fat however, a fat that many people have never heard of, can actually be healthy and allow us to maintain a healthy body weight. The key to brown fat relies in its higher composition of mitochondria, the organelles responsible for energy generation within our bodies.
More mitochondria means more energy burned, and better weight maintenance.
What Exactly Is Brown Fat?
Brown fat is the type of fat that is essential in fighting off obesity as opposed to white fat, which causes all of those health problems we want to avoid. Brown fat’s ability to do this ties back in to their high concentration of mitochondria.
When we exercise in the interest of losing weight, one of the things we try to do through exercise is raising our metabolism. Metabolism is the rate in which our body processes the food that we eat, faster metabolism means more calories burned in the same amount of time.
This is important because these leftover calories are what ends up being stored as this white fat, and causes additional weight gain.
One of the reasons we exercise is not just to increase our metabolism when it comes to eating meals, but to increase our metabolism throughout the day, which causes us to burn even more calories when we are even at rest.
Another important aspect to brown fat is the role it plays in the regulation of our body temperature. Brown fat cells help to maintain this body temperature by burning more calories, and thus helping to lose even more weight.
What Can I Do to Increase My Brown Fat?
Keep It Cool-Live in the Air Conditioning
Your brown body fat is essential in maintaining your body temperature so it only makes sense to stay in conditions as cold as possible. Your body is going to have to work harder to maintain your body temperature when you’re in a colder environment which means that you will need more energy to do so.
This means more calories burned as a result, and because your body has to adapt to work in this environment it will produce more brown fat to compensate. Get two benefits from just turning down the thermostat.
It makes sense, people who live in colder climates need more calories just to survive because of all the extra work their body has to do in those conditions just to keep the body warm. Lowering the temperature is an effective way to increase brown fat with little to no effort.
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Sleep and Exercising
Studies have shown that the amount of sleep we get is linked to how the body uses brown fat cells, which is linked to the hormone melatonin. Make sure you are getting a full nights rest and avoid things that can cause insomnia like eating too late at night or being exposed to blue light before trying to sleep.
Exercise is important as well as we know that it can help to boost the body’s metabolism and reduce the amount of white fat within the body. Studies show that exercise may also have an effect on white fat cells that make them act similarly to brown fat cells.
Another thing you want to do is try to reduce your stress levels as increased stress can influence the production of cortisol and can also disrupt sleeping patterns, both associated with the accumulation of white fat cells.
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