Sunday, April 15, 2012
Help stimulate your body's BAT (metabolically active fat) activity:
-Turn down your thermostat in winter. One study showed a whopping 80% increase in metabolism and significant increases in BAT in nearly 1/2 the subjects who were kept in a 66-degree or lower room.
-Stay active and include exercise in your daily routine.
-Avoid smoking. Research in this field found that non-smokers had higher BAT activity than smokers.
-Get some fresh air. People that worked, played, exercised outdoors had higher BAT activity than those who were indoors most of the day.
-You are what you eat, especially where BAT is concerned. People who had the highest amount of BAT activity also had lower levels of fasting blood glucose and body mass indexes. Avoid simple carbs (yay low-carb!) and excess calories to keep weight within healthy levels.