Getting cold or eating spicy food can activate your brown fat. From the article in the New Scientist:
What makes brown fat so interesting is its ability to burn food directly to produce heat, whereas energy extracted from food is usually stored first, then released during activity such as exercise. It can produce 300 times more heat per gram than any other tissue in the body. This is because brown fat cells have a disproportionately high number of mitochondria – the small energy producing structures in cells – which also gives the stuff its eponymous colour. These mitochondria are slightly different from those in other cells, too, because they contain a protein called thermogenin, or UCP1, which enables brown fat to turn energy to heat directly.
It might be possible to activate your brown fat by getting cold and eating spicy food. Today I went for a 10 mile cycle on Newbury common. It was so cold my skin went red. The article warns that if you get cold, you might compensate by eating too much.
Breakfast: All Bran.
Lunch: 1.5 mackerel on 2 slices of buttered toast.
Snacks: Small amount of hummus crisps, extra fine golden wax beans, almonds, cashews, half a Diam bar. About half a packet of pumpkin seeds.
Dinner: Some tortilla.
Comment 1: I need to find somewhere new to cycle that is reasonably safe.
Comment 2: Need to pop chewing gum in as soon as I start cooking – I shouldn’t have had so many pumpkin seeds. They are 50% fat.
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- Cooking can be relaxing. I enjoyed making and eating the tortilla.
- Had fun in Tesco looking for stuff Greek Doctor mentioned, e.g. pumpkin seeds and almonds. (I think I might have misunderstood about the pumpkin seeds. They are an example of Omega-3, but not necessarily a good thing.)