You’ve heard for sure about Trans fats, saturated fats, and unsaturated fats, but do you know that there is what is called brown fat, too? Not much has been written about brown fat, and it’s about time the whole world comes to know about brown fat. Why the big deal about brown fat? Brown fat appears to hold the key to the solution to weight problems, that’s why.
Brown fat is brown adipose tissue or BAT. Located in the neck and shoulders, brown fat serves a very important function, that is, to produce heat and to transform food into energy. Its thermogenic property is what propels scientists and health gurus to consider a link between BAT and weight loss. Heat necessitates the heart to work harder, if not double time, and the pumping action of the heart results to more fats getting burned.
While found abundantly in newborn babies, serving to regulate their body temperature and keep them from shivering, brown fat is also present in grown-ups. However, in most cases the brown fat in adults needs some stimulation for it to work in a manner that would enable weight loss. So how do you go about it? Apparently, there are foods that help stimulate brown fat, and knowing which ones to eat could put you in a better position on the road to weight loss.
If you want to lose weight by activating the brown fat, your diet should include foods that are thermogenic in nature. By this, it means that food choices should be those that are known to have properties capable of producing heat. Supporters of the brown fat for weight loss scheme suggest a diet that is essentially rich in proteins to be alternated with a diet that is high in carbohydrates. The list of protein-rich foods that may activate the brown fat to assist in weight loss includes tuna or salmon, chicken breast, lean ground beef or ground turkey, low fat dairy products, such as skim milk, low fat yogurt or milk, mozzarella cheese, and eggs. Meanwhile, carbohydrates may be sourced from fruits and vegetables, in particular, banana, apple, peach, mango, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberry, and blueberry, as well as broccoli, onion, green beans, squash (the yellow variety), asparagus, cauliflower, lettuce leaf, and sweet potato.
Other food products that may also help stimulate brown fat are bagels and breads, whole grain crackers, brown rice, barley, corn, and brown rice. Green tea, too, can be of great help. A great antioxidant, Green tea has been found to have thermogenic properties as well.
Incorporating these food choices in the diet will suppress one’s appetite and reduce blood sugar. Along with these, it is also recommended that an individual should eat more frequently. Eating six small meals appears to have more benefits than eating 3 big meals.
One may not see the need to activate the brown fat during the hot summer days because getting the body to produce heat is not a problem at this time. However, during the wintry months, the need to activate brown fat would become more urgent and better appreciated. This is because cold weather forces many parts of the body to go into a rather sluggish state, so a bit of beefing up is necessary to get the body to produce enough heat.