What could be making you burn unnecessary calories?

Body fat is made up of 2 types of fat tissue: White fat and brown fat. White fat is the fat that stores fat as a form of energy accumulated for future needs. Brown fat is a unique type of fat that is very rich in mitochondria (the powerhouse of metabolism) that has the ability to burn fat and change it into body heat.

Brown fat plays a role in metabolism and is predominantly found in infants and in animals that hibernate. Only recently has the presence of brown fat in adults been well documented and better understood. It is useful for heat production and seems to play an important role in weight loss and speedy metabolism because brown fat takes calories from normal fat and burns it. In fact, there are many people who have a condition called constitutional leanness where the body is resistant to fat accumulation even when they eat too much. This has to do with how much fat they burn even when they are doing nothing.

Research has examined brown fat activity in people of various body types including constitutionally lean, anorexia nervosa, and people with normal weight, and found that brown fat is present and quite active in all constitutionally lean people. The brown fat in these people counteracts fat accumulation and prevents weight gain. The most fascinating finding in this research is that the amount of brown fat was directly correlated to basal metabolic rate. In contrast, people with anorexia nervosa had no brown fat activity in their body. This could be related to chronic fuel deficiency caused by their minimal eating behavior. Scientists have been able to stimulate brown fat growth in mice. Eventually we could see weight loss medications developed in the future that stimulate the growth of brown fat in humans to prevent excess of white fat accumulation, and reverse weight gain. Fat burn takes place in the mitochondria, and mitochondria can be energized and activated further by eating the right mix of proteins that provide you with the best essential amino acids profile. High levels of these amino acids make thyroid hormone more efficient at enhancing the fat burn process in the mitochondria of brown fat.

You can boost your metabolism and burn extra calories by following the Thyrolife Protein Boost Diet eating plan, which is a high-protein, high-fiber, low-glycemic diet that has the ability to promote the activity of metabolism boosting hormones as well as counter acting insulin resistance. A well-structured exercise program such as Dr. Arem’s 20/10 exercise program can also change white fat into brown fat and raise fat burn when you are doing nothing.

2018-06-13T14:09:52-05:00By |Diet|

About the Author:

Dr. Ridha Arem is board certified in endocrinology, and metabolism. He is the author of over 40 peer reviewed articles in the fields of thyroid disease, endocrinology, and metabolism.