Losing weight with cold: Researcher recommends "thermogenic lifestyle" - what it's all about
Created: 12/22/2022, 9:35 am
By: Kilian Bäuml
Cold showers activate brown fat.
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Freezing several times throughout the day activates the brown fat and stimulates the metabolism.
It's healthy and can even help you lose weight.
Kassel – Being in the cold for too long can make you sick.
Measured amounts of cold throughout the day, on the other hand, have a positive effect on the metabolism.
This in turn even helps with weight loss, says the Munich biomedical scientist Alexander Bartelt of the German Press Agency
The reason for this is the brown adipose tissue.
It has a mechanism that converts calories into heat - without using movement or muscle power.
But how exactly does that work?
Losing Weight With Cold: Stimulating Brown Fat With Thermogenic Lifestyle
Brown fat can be stimulated with a thermogenic lifestyle, Bartelt explains.
This in turn has a good effect on the metabolism.
With a thermogenic lifestyle, targeted cold stimuli are built into the day.
For example, you can wear a vest instead of a thick jacket, so some parts of the body feel the cold.
This stimulates the metabolism and activates the brown fat.
Cryotherapy, the cold of which is said to have a positive effect on the body, works in a similar way.
The brown fat is located where the blood can warm up quickly, for example around larger blood vessels.
When brown fat is active, white adipose tissue decreases.
The white adipose tissue often accumulates as cushions on the abdomen or hips.
"If you keep your brown fat happy, the normal person can lose about a kilo a year," explains the expert.
However, only a small part of the body consists of brown fat; an adult person has around 100 to 150 grams.
With age, the activity of brown fat decreases, says Bartelt.
around the larger blood vessels
stimulates the metabolism
Losing weight with the cold in everyday life: "If you turn the heating down a few degrees"
The activity of brown fat can also be increased with cold showers and Kneipp baths.
"As long as you don't freeze, but feel the cold, that's ok," said the expert.
Even in everyday life, for example in the office, one can set cold stimuli: "If you turn the heating down a few degrees to 18 or 19 degrees and as long as it feels cool but is still bearable, there is nothing that speaks against it," explains Bartelt.
Studies already suggest that the living temperature can affect weight loss.
However, one should not expose oneself to strong cold stimuli.
For example, the expert considers ice bathing to be an extreme stimulus that only very healthy people can tolerate.
The tricks and information mentioned in this article cannot replace a healthy and balanced diet. Use our nutrition tips only as a supplement to an otherwise varied and healthy diet. The information in no way replaces professional advice and is not intended for independent diagnosis or treatment.
The tricks and information mentioned in this article cannot replace a healthy and balanced diet.
Use our nutrition tips only as a supplement to an otherwise varied and healthy diet.
The information in no way replaces professional advice and is not intended for independent diagnosis or treatment.