The majority of people don’t want the fat bulges on their body because they make our clothes fit tight and our thighs to jiggle. All of this increases the risk of getting any kind of heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, researchers have looked for decades a way to reduce it.
Humans deal with 2 types of fat: brown fat & white fat. As soon as you understand the differences between these 2 types, you can lose weight more easily. “White fat” represents the thin layer of blubber that might be seen on the back of the arms, belly, and on the thighs. It acts as a thermal insulator and keeps the stability of the body temperatures.
Studies Show Exposure to Cold Causes Fat Cell Death
Cold exposure helps the body to turn on the brown fat. This helps people to lessen obesity issues. Scientists, when taking biopsies of patients’ fat deposits, discovered that in the winter, thigh and belly fat have greater signs of ‘browning’ than the samples which were taken in the summer. This means that cold temperatures facilitate the process of white fat transformation into beige. The majority of houses are heated to around 21 degrees Celsius in the winter season. However, The Medical Centre of the Maastricht University recommends turning down the thermostat to 17 degrees Celsius for several hours in a day.
In an article published in The New York Times, about a group of men sleeping in a metabolic chamber of chilly 66 degrees, it was found that after 4 weeks the men slept at this temperature, their brown fat volume was doubled. At the same time, they experienced an insulin sensitivity increase and burned more calories during the following day. This practice is worldwide known as a ‘cold thermogenesis’.
Moderate intensity cold thermogenesis includes sitting in a 50 to 60-degree chilly room while wearing only shorts, in order to provoke significant brown fat formation.
Hardcore intensity cold thermogenesis might be achieved by wearing a pair of compression shorts filled with ice packs and an ice vest. This practice provokes the body to shiver, and by so doing, it burns a large number of calories.
ICE THERAPY TO BURN MORE BODY FAT
Tim Ferriss, the author of a book The Four-Hour Body, elaborates on the concept of brown fat activation in order to boost fat burning process by exposing the body to frigid temperatures. He claims that everyone can increase their fat burning potential by 300% if they add ice therapy to their workout routine and healthy diet. Ferriss’ claim was backed up by Livestrong article, whereas it was stated that one NASA scientist, who was examining the temperature on astronauts, had seen how their metabolism boost for 20 % in 60 degrees environments.
SCIENTISTS FIND POPSICLES CAUSE DIMPLES IN CHILDREN AND KILL FAT
The fact that fat cells can be killed or frozen was also proved by another strange theory, called “Popsicle Panniculitis”. It shows that the excessive exposure to cold temperatures from popsicles might result in the dimpling of the children’s cheeks.
-The parents of a 9-month-old baby boy saw strange and large areas of reddish discoloration on his cheeks, although the baby boy was born completely healthy. He had no family health history, had no trauma, bug bites, or illnesses. However, the boy had symmetrical lesions on his cheeks, very close to his mouth’s edges. Further examination revealed that only two days before this discoloration appeared, the mother gave him a popsicles for teething, leading to popsicle panniculitis. Icepacks, popsicles, and cold exposure are proven to provoke “cold panniculitis” or “popsicle” in children. Predominantly, it happens during infancy, after a “cold injury” and affects the chin and cheeks in general.
-Dr. Amy Brodsky, who is a certified dermatologist in Chicago, wasn’t born with a dimple. However, when she was 6, she had an injury on her left cheek which was treated with ice compresses for a few hours. Several days after, her left cheek transformed into a solid mass, and 6-8 weeks later, the injury resulted in a dimple in the cheek. She thought this was a result of her injury for several years, as soon as she started to study Dermatology and discovered that it’s a result of Cold Panniculitis.