You want to get lean before next summer starts, so thank winter for helping you out. According to a new study, the forthcoming cold temps are actually going to help you burn fat – the bad type of fat that is.
Your body has two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. White is the bad stuff, used mostly to store energy (which is great, unless you’ve got too much of it flopping around). Brown fat actually produces heat, which burns the energy stored in white fat.
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Researchers already knew all of this, but in a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, they’ve now discovered that our body converts white fat into brown fat more during winter than during summer. They took samples of belly fat from participants in both seasons to find this out.
There’s a catch though. Overweight participants – defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher – did not see a significant increase in brown fat production during the winter.
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But the bottom line? Winter doesn’t deserve such a bad wrap. It’ll make you shiver, but only to give you an extra nudge toward a summer body.