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Activating Your Brown Fat May Force Your Body to Burn 400-500 Extra Calories/Day

Activating Your Brown Fat May Force Your Body to Burn 400-500 Extra Calories/Day

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  • Brown fat is a heat-generating type of fat that <i>burns</i> energy instead of storing it, acting more like muscle than fat
  • Research has shown that brown fat can be activated to burn more fat by cooling your body
  • Studies have also shown that animals convert white fat into brown fat simply by exercising. The conversion is triggered by an enzyme called irisin, which is released by the muscles during exercise. It’s still unclear whether this phenomenon is true for humans as well, but humans do have the same protein
  • According to Tim Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Body, you may be able to increase your fat burning potential by as much as 300 percent simply by adding ice therapy to your dieting strategy. You can do this by placing an ice pack on your upper back and upper chest for 30 minutes a day; drinking about 500 ml of ice water each morning; taking ice cold showers; and/or immersing yourself in an ice bath three times a week

By Dr. Mercola

For a number of years, scientists have been studying "brown fat." 

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