Have you heard about brown fat? Well, if you haven’t and you’re hoping to lose weight or keep the weight off, you should learn more about it, including how to get your body to make more brown fat. A brief overview of brown fat, along with some helpful tips for activating that brown fat, are listed below.
What Is Brown Fat?
Brown fat is different from white fat. While white fat will make up the majority of the total fat in your body, and while white fat is utilized as a means to store extra calories that you eat, brown fat could burn calories and create heat when activated.
Even if you have just a couple of ounces of brown fat in your body and you activate it, you could burn a few hundred calories every day a lot more easily. That equates to a half-hour workout!
How to Make More Brown Fat
Your body doesn’t have a lot of brown fat to begin with. Generally, people will only have a few ounces of brown fat, and this fat is usually found within the sides of your neck, just above your collarbone, in the upper back in between your shoulder blades, and on the sides of your upper spine. Plus, this fat will lie far underneath your skin, so it won’t show up at fatty bulges.
To get your body to make more brown fat, you can:
• Regularly expose yourself to cold temperatures. For example, being in a room that is set to 59°F for 2 hours while wearing summer clothes could stimulate your brown fat to burn upwards of 250 extra calories. But you might also be able to activate your brown fat in 66°F as well, according to a Japanese study. So consider lowering your house’s temperature to the mid-60s or lower. And another way to make more brown fat is by exercising in cooler temperatures of 62°-64°F or below.
• Eating apples with the peel will expose your body to ursolic acid, which can also boost brown fat. Other benefits of ursolic acid include boosting muscles mass, improving your tolerance to glucose, and reducing obesity. If you aren’t a fan of apples with the peel on, you can also get ursolic acid from foods like prunes, plums, blueberries, cranberries, thyme, holy basil, peppermint leaves, oregano, lavender, devil’s claw, periwinkle, bitter melon, hawthorn, and bilberry.
So there you have it. If you want to make more brown fat and keep your weight in check, it’s easier than you think.