Losing weight has never been an easy task. Although there are many diets and exercises that help you burn fat, yet some people still can’t get there. If this is your case, this article will be of great help. We propose a technique to optimize weight loss and get rid of fat cells by simply using ice packs.
Before seeing the method, first we must understand how fat cells operate. In fact, there are two types of body fat: white and brown.
White fat or white adipose tissue represents 15 to 25% of the weight in people who do not suffer from obesity. It has a thermal insulation function and allows the body to maintain its temperature. White fat allows the synthesis, storage and release of fat.
Brown fat, less abundant in the body, holds its brown color because of the iron contained therein. This is a good fat that helps to produce heat to warm the body when it is cold by burning calories (thermogenesis). Brown fat is present most especially in infants, because it helps them regulate their body temperature, but also in animals that hibernate.
It is difficult to locate brown fat in the body of an adult, because its reserves are quite low. But generally, it can be located at the shoulders and neck in men and on the buttocks, thighs, hips and breasts in women.
Furthermore, research has shown that some people could have more brown fat than others, namely:
- Young people
- Thin people
- People with a normal level of blood sugar
How to transform white fat into brown fat?
It would be very beneficial to transform the white fat to brown in order to speed up the weight loss process. Much research has been conducted in this direction, including one conducted by scientists at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. According to the study, it would be possible to create brown fat by staying in a cool environment.
Indeed, according to the researchers, people spend a lot of time in the winter at home or in heated offices, which does not give the body the opportunity to burn fat for warmth.
They therefore placed participants in a low temperature environment (60 to 65 ° F) for 6 hours per day for 10 days. The results were amazing. Scientists noticed that brown fat had increased.
Researchers at Zurich Polytechnic Institute have also tried to increase brown fat to fight obesity. For this, the scientists placed mice in a place at a temperature of 46 ° F, for a whole week. Then they put them in a location at ambient temperature for a longer period.
The researchers noted that during the week of cold, white cells were transformed into brown cells, but had returned to white when the temperature was normal.
Other researchers have also shown that thermogenesis could double the amount of brown fat in the body and burn more calories:
- Moderate thermogenesis can be stimulated by staying in a room at a temperature varying between 50 and 60 ° F, while wearing light clothing.
- Intense thermogenesis can be achieved by wearing a jacket or shorts filled with ice. This will cause chills and shivering, inducing a significant caloric expenditure.
How to burn fat with bags of ice?
Tim Ferris, American writer and author of The 4-hour workweek (4 hours per week for a fabulous body), says it is possible to increase the fat burning process by using ice packs. This therapy can be very effective for losing weight, but you must, however, ensure a healthy and balanced diet in parallel, and regular physical activity.
Simply place the ice pack directly on the area you wish to treat or wrap it in a cloth first (T-shirt for example) to protect the skin. You can also use a thin towel or some paper towels. Keep it for a few minutes while your skin gets used to the temperature, then remove it.
Beware of frostbite!
Incorrect use of this technique can cause frostbites, which can be mild or very serious breach (3rd degree).
The risk of frostbite may be higher in some people, especially those who take drugs reducing blood flow to the skin, such as beta-blockers, but also in people who smoke, who have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease (decreased blood flow to the tissues).
It is therefore important to know the symptoms of frostbite to prevent or treat them in time.
Signs of frostbite:
- Numbness and tingling
- Pain and redness
Treatment of frostbite
If you notice on your body the symptoms mentioned above, means that you are prone to frostbite. To treat it, it is important to warm the affected area, to prevent the case from getting worse. But beware, the warming process should be gradual and not a sudden, at the risk of doing more harm than good.
Soak the affected area in warm water for 20 minutes, using warm compresses or simply wrap the area in a blanket. Massages are to be avoided and also avoid hot or warm air from radiators or hairdryer.