Brown Fat Metabolism.

I wrote a article yesterday on on brown fat in humans. To be honest, the feedback has been nothing short of great. There have abeen a few questions as to how to burn brown fat so I wanted to address them in a question and answer format.

Q: How do we know if we have a “furnace”  or “freezer” metabolism?

A: There’s a few tests that I outline in Hyper Fat Loss but one that you can do right now is to simply eat a HUGE meal. Next time you eat a huge meal, pay attention to how you feel. Do you get warm or do you get cold? For the majority of people, you’ll get cold. People that get cold have a hard time activating their brown fat and a harder time burning calories. Blood flow equals fat loss. Cypess et al described how brown fat “messes” with your metabolism in their research study titled Identification and Importance of Brown Adipose Tissue In Humans.

Q: I work out frequently and while I’m not ripped, I’m not 50 pounds over weight either. Should I be concerned about brown fat?

A: YES! You, without a doubt, need to be concerned about brown fat. Just because you aren’t 50 pounds over weight today doesn’t mean that life won’t throw you curve balls that make you add weight in next year or 5 years from now. As you add more body fat, which happens when you age each year, whatever amount of active brown fat that you become less and less active ( see  Virtanen et al Functional Brown Adipose Tissue In Healthy Adults), just like your metabolism.Using a few simple brown fat activating principles will go a long way in preventing you from adding body fat.

Q: Are there any special dieting methods that I should follow to burn brown fat?

A: Brown fat metabolism is indeed different from regular dieting.  There are a few dietary tweaks recommended in Hyper Fat Loss, that I can see helping one active more brown fat for energy. Provided that you are following a sensible diet that progressively burns more calories each week, you should see some good results. Make sure that you are pushing your training with some high intensity training principles as well. You just have to be careful not to over diet.

Q: Are there any nutritional supplements to help us activate brown fat?

A: Yes, Evening Primrose Oil/ Borage Oil/GLA is a omega-6 fatty acid that has been proven in research to activate brown fat. I recommend at least 2 grams of it per day. It’s also fantastic for reducing inflammation in the body as well. Caffeine, as always, should also help it since caffeine increases whole body calorie “wasting”. That’s not my entire protocol but by using the two supplements above you’ll see some good results.

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  1. Ray
    9 years ago

    GReat info, thanks

  2. nelson
    9 years ago

    does it have to be a huge meal?? what happens if you eat like a snack. like an apple, with some natural peanut butter and a glass of milk, because after i was done eating i felt my hand and it felt warm, so does this mean i have brown fat too??

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