Posted on October 11, 2022 by Angelina
In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about “brown fat“. This started as far back as 2012, when scientists discovered that naturally thin people seem to posses about 2.4 ounces of brown fat tissue throughout their bodies, while obese people seemed to only have between 0.1 – 0.3 ounces [1,3].
An important thing to remember is that the amount of fat you have is not linearly connected to your weight – it’s more of an exponential thing. Doubling the amount of brown fat in your body (going from 0,3 to 0,6 ounces) is going to increase the rate of fat metabolism about 4.5-fold [4,5]. This is because brown fat does not have twice as many mitochondria as white fat – it has about 30 times more. By using the herein described fat browning protocol, we’re automatically making our body function like the body of a naturally slim person [6,7].
Since the discovery of brown fat cells, all sorts of methods and strategies to increase brown fat tissue have emerged – as it turns out, cold exposure is one good method . Unfortunately, for this to be effective, it required exposure to extreme temperatures for a very long time. Cold exposure started to work only after the extreme cold has forced the body to ‘kick in’ extreme fat burning in order to try to stay warm . This required sitting naked in a tub full of ice-cold water for up to 20 minutes. Obviously, this carries a lot of risks and is not something most people are willing to do multiple times a day. Furthermore, the amount of brown fat ‘gains’ from this method seemed to be about half an ounce after 3 months of daily cold exposure.
Fortunately, there is a better way to achieve fat browning, which does not require the extreme discomfort of prolonged cold exposure.
How does the fat browning protocol work?
The fat browning protocol is based on a combination of plant flavonoids, which are proven to lead to fat browning. Luteolin and oleuropein are two such examples of fat-browning flavonoids, which are easy to take, non-toxic and extremely effective. Here are the most important points in this protocol for fat browning:
- Taking Luteolin before each meal
- Taking Oleuropein two-times a day, coinciding with the cortisol peak and nadir.
- Phase advancing the circadian cycle with an hour a week.
- Short-term cold exposure – short enough to not lead to a body temperature drop, but cold enough to activate cold-exposure receptors on the skin surface.
Does The Browning of Fat Depend on Your Caloric Intake?
No, brown fat formation is purely dependent on the flavonoid intake, cold exposure and other factors listed in the previous section. With a high enough amount of brown fat, even a high caloric intake shouldn’t hinder fat burning. That’s because the steps which dietary fat must go through, before it gets stored, are also influenced by brown fat. I.e it’s more practical for the body to ‘pass’ the dietary fat through the brown fat mitochondria and burn it, as it is to create new fat cells and store it. This in part explains why the fat-loss results from the fat browning protocol are so disproportional to the actual amount of brown fat – adding just half an ounce of brown fat to your body may have a dramatic difference.
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