No one likes extra body fat, so we all try to find the fastest and most effective way to burn it. But it`s not that easy to eliminate it because body fat is very stubborn, especially the one on the abdominal area.
Excess fat makes our favorite clothes too tight to wear, it is unattractive, plus it increases the risk of disease like type 3 diabetes and heart disease. For many years, researchers have been trying to find the best way which will successfully eliminate it, and the results will be long-lasting.
There are 2 types of fat- white and brown, and we need to know the difference if we want to eliminate it.
The white adipose tissue is the thin layer of fat on our stomach, back, thighs and arms. It is the thermal insulator which maintains the body temperature.
Recent research discovered that cold temperatures can eliminate fat cells. Prolonged exposure to cold stimulates the transformation of the white fat into brown one, thus helping the process of weight loss.
So, if you want to burn the excess fat, just lower the thermostat for a few degrees during winter, just for a few hours during the day.
Researchers have conducted a biopsy on adipose tissue and discovered that the fat on the abdomen and thighs gets brown in winter, so the cold triggers the transformation of white into brown adipose tissue.
Our body can`t burn additional calories to maintain normal temperatures during winter simply because it doesn`t get the chance- we stay in warm premises all the time. The average temperature in our homes in winter is 21°C, even though it is recommended to be lowered to 15-17 °C for a couple of hours a day.
A team of scientists conducted a study on a group of men using a practice called thermogenesis. The men slept in a metabolic chamber at 18°C temperature, in the course of 4 weeks. After that period, the amount of their brown adipose tissue was almost doubled, they managed to burn more calories, and their insulin sensitivity was increased.
- You can achieve intense cold thermogenesis by wearing vests and trousers filled with ice packs. The results will be tremors and increased amounts of burnt calories.
- You can achieve moderate thermogenesis by sitting in a room at 10-5 °C temperature, with only your shorts on. This way you`ll increase the amount of brown fat.
Burn fat with the ice therapy
Tim Ferriss is describing in his book “The 4-hour body” the process of brown fat tissue burning by exposure to low temperature. If you add ice therapy to your healthy diet and regular exercising, the chances of fat burning will be increased by 300%.
This was confirmed by a NASA astronaut, who said that: “While we were studying the effects of temperature on astronauts, I witnessed people`s metabolism increased by 200% at a temperature of 15 °C.”
90 grams of brown fat can burn 400-500 calories, the equivalent of 1 hour intense workout. You can stimulate the process of fat burning by applying ice compresses for 30-60 minutes a day, on the areas where you have excess fat you`d like to eliminate. This will induce the transformation of white into brown adipose tissue and help you lose weight. Combined with healthy diet and regular exercising, the results will be fat and incredible.
How to make the ice compresses? Just wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth and apply it on the area with unwanted fat. This will cool the skin, help eliminate fat cells, which will be metabolized by your body. Repeat the treatment for 12 days.
There are some possible side effects from the ice therapy, like frostbites, so be careful with the ice compresses. From time to time, remove them and put them back. These are the most common symptoms of frostbites, so stop with the treatment if you notice some of them:
- Skin sensitive to touch
- Numbness and tingling.
The first thing to do if you notice frostbite, is to massage the area. Don`t immediately warm it up! Just put a blanket or a warm compress on the area.
Also, be careful with the ice therapy if you belong to any of these groups:
- Obese people
- People using beta-blockers
- People with low blood flow, peripheral vascular disease or peripheral neuropathy.