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What Is Brown Fat? How Is It Beneficial?
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 6:54PM
Created on August 04, 2014 @ 4:41PM

For many people, losing weight can be a very hard task. But, a new report says a certain type of fat actually can help people lose weight.

This fat, known as “brown fat,” was believed to only be found in babies to keep themselves warm, but is now being found in adults as well, and studies show the more brown fat a person has, the better off they are.

Last week, researchers found people with higher levels of brown fat may have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes. Brown fat, doctors say, seems to improve insulin sensitivity, and helps control blood sugar and increases your metabolism, which is something very important for diabetics.

Research suggests people who expose themselves to colder temperatures actually activate this brown fat, which can burn up to 300 extra calories in a day.

I think the novel concept of cold and stimulating brown fat is excellent, but, I don't think we are at a point were we can say 'oh, you know what, the cold is burning calories inside us.' That's probably not true. You do burn calories when you shiver, but I don't think that's the right way of burning calories,” said Dr. Gayatri Jaiswal of Premier Medical Group.

Researchers also believe the longer you expose your body to cold temperatures, the more brown fat your body can produce. Doctors, however say before you rely on cold temperatures to help lose weight, proper diet and exercise is the best option.

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