No one likes having fat deposits. Fat makes the thighs jiggle and it also increase the chances of health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There are 2 types of fat cells, that is, brown and white fat. When you understand the differences between them, you can easily shed the fat deposits.
While fat is usually the fat on the thighs and the back of the arms. This type of fat acts as a thermal insulator that maintains the body temperature stabile. On the other hand, brown fat is not always found in the same location. Mostly, it’s present in the shoulders and neck, but this varies from individual to individual. According to studies, certain groups of people have more brown fat than others. For example, younger people, slimmer people, and people with balanced sugar levels.
Exposure to cold destroys the fat cells
When the body is exposed to cold, the brown fat is activated and stabilizes the weight and reduces problems with obesity. According to scientists, during the winter period, people should reduce the temperature in their rooms for several hours to feel the positive effects. This study has been published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The researchers analyzed fat deposits in patients and found that in winter, belly and thigh fat was prone to turning brown, when compared to the same samples taken in the summer. The results showed that low temperature encourages the transformation of white body fat into brown and burning more calories.
According to the experts from the Medical Centre from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, during the winter period, you should lower the temperature somewhere between 15 and 17 degrees Celsius for a couple of hours, every day. This is because people spend more time indoors during winter and the body is unable to process the calories naturally to keep us warm.
In a study, a group of men slept in metabolic chambers with a stabilized temperature, that is, 18 degrees Celsius, for a month. After 30 days, the volume of brown fat increased 100% and they burned more calories.
Known as cold thermogenesis, this condition can be experienced by wearing a specialized ice vest and compression shorts with ice packs. This makes the body shiver and burn calories fast. A cold thermogenesis with moderate intensity means sitting in a room with a temperature between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius with nothing on but shorts. This will increase the formation of brown fat.
Tim Ferriss is the writer of The Four-Hour Body, a popular book about the activation of brown fat through exposure to cold temperatures. His theory has been confirmed by an article in Livestrong magazine.
Applying ice packs to shed fat deposits
Scientists believe that applying ice packs to fatty areas of the body for half an hour can activate the browning of the fat and thus, encourage weight loss. Of course, this needs to be done in combination with regular workout and a healthy diet.
How to do it
Cooling the skin eliminates the underlying fat cells naturally and then they are metabolized by the system. Studies have shown that those areas treated with ice packs had a reduction in fat when compared to parts that weren’t treated. So, applying ice packs to the belly, thighs, or flanks for 30 minutes, 4 times per week, can help you remove unwanted fat.
Important to know
Since ice packs can cause skin burns due to not using any barrier, you should use a layer, for example, an old T-shirt or a towel.
Also, there are certain factors that may increase the risk of injuries by icing, such as drinking beta-blockers, suffering from peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease, as well as smoking and diabetes.
The most common signs of cold induced injuries are reddish discoloration or pain, numbness, and tingling sensation, blisters, and hard and pale skin. In order to treat it, soak the burned area in warm water for 20 minutes. Avoid massaging the affected areas because this can make the condition worse.