This blog is a continuation of “Grains of Paradise: Brown Fat Thermogenesis for Weight Loss”, discussing how to increase brown fat for more weight loss.
The previous blog post explained how the grains of paradise extract (found in Best BCAA SHREDDED™) activates brown fat, which in turn, creates a thermogenic effect that increases the body’s energy expenditure and decreases body fat content.
Before getting into how to increase brown fat cells, first let’s revisit what brown fat is:
Brown adipose tissue, brown fat or BAT, can help keep you lose weight by increasing the energy your body uses. Brown fat generates heat, which burns calories to regulate the body’s temperature. To supply the energy required to create this heat, your body taps into excess fat stores.
A sports supplement like Best BCAA SHREDDED™ further encourages the body to use fat for energy. In the newest BPI Sports supplement, the grains of paradise extract (Aframomum melegueta) is one of the ingredients that pushes body fat to be used as fuel. The spice is native to West Africa, where it’s been valued for warming and digestive properties. Carnitine is another ingredient in Best BCAA SHREDDED™ that assists in burning fat for fuel, by converting long chain fatty acids into energy.
Now let’s get started with tips on how to boost brown fat for better weight management. Today, researchers can determine brown fat hotspots around the body thanks to MRIs, which reveal the different types of tissue and fat stores. It’s still impossible to determine how brown fat cells adapt to environmental changes and lifestyle, but researchers do know how to increase the body’s ability to generate and use energy.
Lower the temperature:
Nowadays, people spend more time indoors with air conditioning and heaters. The lack of exposure to the outdoors and all its temperature variations can contribute to a lower amount of brown fat cells. So turning down the temperature at home to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit, taking cold showers first thing in the morning, and getting in the habit of spending time outside in colder weather can help activate brown fat, resulting in burning more calories. Hello, weight loss!
A study of a group of volunteers wearing chilled bodysuits in cold water found that they burned 250 more calories in three hours when compared to those not wearing the bodysuits. As a reference, playing basketball for 25 minutes burns about that same amount of calories.
Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, surveyed a group sitting in a room at 63 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours a day, over six weeks. Researchers found the group burned anywhere from 108 to 289 calories more when compared to people sitting in normal temperatures.
Work out regularly:
Besides its numerous health benefits, including boosting your metabolism, exercise has been shown to increase brown fat activation. Turns out, working out increases UCP1 (uncoupling protein found in mitochondria, the powerhouse of a cell) activity in brown fat, and positively affects hormones that control body fat and lean muscle building. Here again, Best BCAA SHREDDED™ can help promote muscle mass development. The lean muscle building and recovery formula enhances protein synthesis, preserves muscle breakdown and improves strength.