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Or just by setting your home's thermostat to 60 degrees. Maybe, like us, you're already doing that and will be happy to know that a side benefit is burning 'brown fat.' Based on animal models, researchers estimate that just 50g of brown fat (which is less than what most study volunteers have been found to have) could burn about 20 percent of your daily caloric intake—and more if 'encouraged.' Here are several ways to encourage brown fat energy burning:
- Set your thermostat at 60 degrees;
- Put an ice pack on your neck and shoulders for 30 minutes a day; for example, while watching TV;
- Drink 50 ml. of ice water each morning;
- Take cold showers;
- Immerse yourself up to your waist in an ice bath for 10 minutes, three times per week;
- Exercise (duh!).
Interestingly, brown fat cells derive from the same root as muscle cells. For more fun facts, read the full article.