What is brown fat and could it help you lose weight?

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Little did we know, there are different colours of fat and we're not just talking 'good' and 'bad' fat. This is in the body, and it may actually boost your metabolic rate.

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Recent studies have found that there is a type of fat called 'brown fat' that is unlike the fat we know, this may actually make help with weight loss.

Previously believed to disappear in adults, brown fat is present in babies and animals and is specifically designed by the body to be highly thermo-reactive.

It's purpose in little'uns is to ensure that that they can generate body heat before their body has learnt to shiver.

How is it different to white fat?


Brown fat appears to have developed from the same stem cells as muscle, unlike white fat.

It also requires more oxygen and reacts directly to changes in temperature.

What does this mean for weight loss?


Scientists have discovered that, although most of it is lost by adulthood, some can still be present in the neck and chest and could in fact contribute to a boost in white fat burning.

It could provide an answer to weight loss as it takes calories from normal fat and burns it in order to heat the body.

How to we develop more brown fat?


A recent experiment found that sleeping in a cold room could in fact increase your brown fat levels and therefore increase your metabolic rate.

However, these are the very early stages of research and some experiments in mice have found some instability in over production of brown fat.

Watch this space.

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