You might recall about 2 months ago I wrote a blog post titled “Supercharged Weight Loss” where I discussed the role of brown fat in weight loss. Brown fat is what can be considered “good fat” because when activated it burns up white fat in order to produce heat. The problem is, most adults don’t have much brown fat. Researchers have been ramping up their efforts to try to determine how to activate brown fat as they search for a fat loss cure.
A brand new study came out just last month regarding brown fat activation. This group of researchers used both the drug ephedrine and cold exposure in an attempt to activate brown fat. What did they find? The drug was not effective in activating the brown fat, but cold was.
Aaron Cypess M.D., Ph.D. an assistant investigator and staff physician at Joslin Diabetes Center and lead author of the paper said, “We propose that agents that work similarly to cold in activating brown fat specifically can provide promising approaches to fighting obesity while minimizing other side effects…At the same time, we now know that ephedrine is not the way to do it.”
What I wonder though is, why are researchers continuing to look for drugs, that often have dangerous side effects, to do what simple cold exposure can do? Could it be, that there is no money to be made in simply advising people to get onto a simple cold exposure regiment?
The evidence just keeps piling up. Are you ready to start cold adapting yet?! If you are, I’d suggest checking out Dr. Kruse’s Cold Thermogenesis Protocol, it’s the best one I’ve seen.