There are a few types of fat in the human body. Let’s get into it!
Most fat is white. Most animals also have brown fat. Brown fat essentially comes from two places
Brown Fat is abundant in three scenarios
Brown fat is hotter than white fat
Seriously; brown fat is more thermogenic – meaning more metabolically active. It keeps you warm which is why babies have more of it. Brown fat is brown because it contains more mitochondria (energy producing organelles) than white fat. Brown fat is correlated with a higher metabolic rate and therefore better fat homeostasis.
Brown fat burns the calories stored in white fat
It is for this reason, that scientists postulate that brown fat stimulation could have very positive effects in humans. In fact, increasing brown fat may reverse diabetes.
How do I increase my brown fat?
One proposed way to do this is through cold exposure. There is a lot of new science on ice bath training or cryotherapy as a way to burn fat and also boost immune function and workout recovery. One study conducted in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that ninety six percent of men exposed to cold had detectable brown fat activity.
Other options for increasing brown fat are not overeating and lowering the thermostat in your home or work. Laboratory studied nutrients that may increase brown fat include fish oil, garlic, resveratrol, red pepper, EGCG (from green tea), fucoxanthin (from seaweed) and melatonin*.
Laird Hamilton and the rest of our team at Laird Superfood are avid cold exposure enthusiasts. Wim Hof, a cold exposure record holder, has taught us several techniques over the last couple years. Most of us have added ice baths to our daily routine, one of the key side effects that none of the participating members have been sick in years since starting the ice training.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.