Building the Perfect Physique - [Tip 7] Weight Loss with Thermal Diet

17 Dec 2012

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Thermal Diet?. Yeah. It’s from the book “The 4-Hour Body” by my favorite author Timothy Ferriss.

Everyone knows the basic fact that our body temperature is maintained at 98.6 °F. When the outside temperature falls below that, our body does quite a few things like goosebumps, shivering, burning more calories to produce the additional heat to bring the core temperature back to normal. The hypothalamus in the brain controls the body temperature with the help of the temperature receptors in the skin. We are interested in leveraging the option of “burning more calories for heat” to our weight loss program.

There are two types of fat tissues found in mammals.

White Adipose Tissue (WAT) - which stores fat, also called as white fat. The excess calories that we consume are converted into energy reserves as white fat around our waist and thighs.

Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) - which burns fat to produce heat (also called as brown fat). This is present around the lower neck and supraclavicular regions.

When our body is exposed to cold, the brown fat is activated to burn more calories (mostly from white fat) to produce heat until we reach the point of shivering, which takes over to produce more heat. Studies shows that our body burns 50% more calories when exposed to cold conditions. Babies don’t shiver because they have approx. 5% of their body weight composed of brown fat. We lose most of it as we grow. The high amount of brown fat replaces the need to shiver. Contrary to the popular belief, thinner people has more brown fat !.

Thermal Diet - is the concept of leveraging our body’s natural ability to burn fat to effective weight loss. Please remember, brown fat works best at the threshold of shivering. If you find yourself shivering, it may be too cold for you and it is possible to slip into the state of hypothermia, if you are not careful. So, always have an option of getting to a warmer condition, if required.

**Extreme cold could cause complications for people with cardiovascular problems. So, Please consult with your physician before attempting any of the suggestions below. Please consult even if you don't have any health problems.**

Luckily, I am in UK and the winter season just started. I am gonna try most of the above tips. I am in the right place at the right time. I will posts the results, as soon as I see them on my body :)
If you are new to this blog, you may want to read the other tips that we discussed so far …

Tip 1: Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up !
Tip 2: Lose weight out of the blue !
Tip 3: Lose Weight with Laziness
Tip 4: Weight Loss with Mind Movies
Tip 5: Weight Loss with Horse Gram
Tip 6: Weight Loss with Burpee

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