We all have some fat that we simply can’t stand. Maybe it’s stubborn belly fat, or maybe it is located on your love handles. It could stop you from putting on your favorite pair of jeans, kill your confidence or it could just be that last stubborn inch of fat that is keeping you from having your shy washboard abs ready for the beach. Other times, this fat increases the risk of heart disease or diabetes, which is, of course, much more serious.
Researchers have found that exposure to low temperatures helps convert the white type of fat into brown, which is more convenient for weight loss. They came to this conclusion by performing a biopsy of adipose tissue and observed how the white fat turns brown during the winter months.
The Maastricht University Medical Centre suggest that we lower our thermostat temperature from 21 °C (69.8 °F) to somewhere between 17 -15 °C (62.6 – 59 °F) for just a couple of hours. It is believed that when we are in a cold environment, the body burns calories just to maintain its body heat, thereby encouraging weight loss.
This practice is called thermogenesis. It can be as simple as sitting in a room with a low temperature wearing light clothing, or could be as extreme as wearing ice vests and clothing filled with ice.
This theory is supported by both Tim Ferriss, the author of „The Four-Hour Body” and by a NASA astronaut. Both claim that exposure to low temperatures, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can simply melt the fat away. It is also worth mentioning that 90 grams of brown adipose tissue equate to 400-500 calories a day- almost one hour of an intense workout.
Another way to stimulate fat loss is to simply compress with an ice pack the area of your body with which you are unsatisfied. By compressing the adipose tissue for around 30-60 minutes with an ice pack, you are converting white fat into brown. The fat cells are then eliminated and metabolized.
All one needs to do is wrap some ice with some cloth and apply it to the area one is unsatisfied with for 30 to 60 minutes, every day, for 12 days. However, one also need to watch out for frostbite which can cause numbness and tightness of the skin, blisters and redness.
If these symptoms occur, you must not instantly warm and massage the painful area, but warm it up slowly with a blanket. If you use beta blockers, low blood flow, are a smoker or a diabetic, proceed with caution when utilizing this type of therapy.