Good news for colder-climate dwellers. According to new research, people who live in chillier climates may produce more brown fat.
Scientists have discovered that individuals with more brown fat tend to be leaner and have smaller sugar stores which is why this fat is known as “good” fat. Researchers believe that brown fat burns energy and glucose for warmth.
The study, published in Diabetes, included participants that slept in rooms at different temperatures. The primary focus was to determine the effects of temperature on brown adipose tissue, energy balance and metabolism.
Researchers saw a significant increase in brown adipose tissue during the coldest month. They also noted improvements in insulin sensitivity and energy burn rate after meals. By contrast, during the hottest month, brown fat decreased to below baseline levels.
Researchers concluded that these findings further confirmed links between colder environments and brown-fat development and harnessing brown adipose tissue for metabolic benefits.Resources: IDEA Fitness Journal