For most people, fat bulges are something they don’t want. It makes our thighs jiggle, our clothes fit tight and look bad, and typically lingers despite our torturous attempts to eliminate it. Too much of it increases our risk for certain illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, so for decades researchers have looked for ways to reduce it.
People have 2 types of fat cells: brown and white fat and to help yourself to lose weight means to understand the differences between the two of them.
A thin layer of blubber that we see on a human body – on the thighs and the backs of the arms is “White fat” . This certain fat acts as a thermal insulator, which keeps the stability of the body temperature.
Less abundant in a body and making heat, rather than tricking it as the white does is “Brown fat” . In fact, brown fat warms cold body by burning calories or energy.
Where Do We Have Brown Fat?
Brown fat could be really difficult to study, because it’s hard to find it in adults, and usually can be found in random locations in the body, and not always in the same region on every person. There is an area in the shoulders and the neck, where you can find it most of the times, but again not on every person. The researches have shown that particular groups of people have more brown fat than others do. For instance:
– Younger people have more brown fat than elderly people
– Slim people have more brown fat than obese people
– People who have normal levels of sugar in the blood have more brown fat than those with an increased level of sugar in the blood.
Researches Have Shown Exposure to Cold Causes Fat Cell Death
Many experts claim that because people spend so much of their time indoors, in offices and overheated homes, it could cause their bodies to not typically burn calories to keep warm.
The experts have a practice that is known as “cold thermogenesis”, which could double the volume of metabolically active brown fat, increase in insulin sensitivity, and burn more calories.
– A moderate intensity of cold thermogenesis could sit in 50 to 60 degree room, just by wearing shorts that is very significant for the formation of brown fat.
– A hardcore intensity of cold thermogenesis could be achieved just by wearing an ice vest and pair of some firm shorts that are filled with an ice packs. This particular practice makes the body to shiver and burns massive amount of calories.
Ice Therapy to Burn More Body Fat
Tim Ferriss the author of the book “The Four-Hour Body”, states that by adding ice therapy to your workout routine and healthy eating you could increase the fat burning potentials.
Using Ice Pack Therapy At Home in Order to Shed Excess Fat
For decades, the ice-packs prevent swelling in sport injuries and bring down an inflammation. That just by applying ice packs *to your skin it is possible to replicate these effects at your home, claim the experts.
What to Watch Out For
An incorrect usage of ice packs could cause skin burns, which can vary from mild burns of second or third degree, to serious burns of the first degree.
Between your skin and the ice you can use some thin layer as T-shirt.
Also, for a couple of minutes, till your skin adjusts you could try thin hand towel or a few papers-layer towels, and then remove the layer. The usage of material or thick towels will keep the ice not to decrease its benefits on the affected area.
There are certain factors that increase cold induced burn injuries through icing, and these may include:
– People who use medications that decrease the blood flow to the skin such as beta-blockers.
– People with peripheral vascular disease which decrease the blood flow to the affected tissue.
– People with peripheral neuropathy which decreases the ability to feel injuries.
– Smoking and diabetes.
Symptoms of Cold Induced Burn Injuries:
– Pins and needles sensation followed by tingling and numbness
– Redness and pain in the affected skin area
– Firm or waxy skin which is white and completely numb
– Skin blisters
Treatment of Ice Pack Burn:
If you develop the signs and symptoms of a cold induced injury, such as feel burning, developing blisters, itchiness, numbness, and pain sensation in the affected place you will notice an ice pack burn. The color of your affected place can turn yellowish-gray. In order to stop the burns not to become severe the affected area should be re-warmed.
– The warming procedure should be GRADUAL not to burn yourself and cause more damage to your skin.
– Soak the affected skin into warm water. That the temperature of the water should be from 104 – 108 degree, for about 20 minutes (never use a hot water) claims the National Institute of Health.
– You could use warm compresses or wrap the affected area with some blanket.
– Because this could cause even more damage avoid massaging and do not move the damaged area.
– Because these areas are really numb and could burn very easily avoid a direct usage of dry heat to warm the affected place, as hair dryers or radiator.