Fat Loss News March 2018
Can Cold Exposure Help You Burn Fat?
Celebrity athletes like Shaq and Lebron James have been touting the benefits of cryotherapy, or extreme cold exposure, for weight loss, but is there anything to these claims? The idea is that the extreme cold will activate your brown fat activity and kick your metabolism into thermogenesis mode, but it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. During cryotherapy, you are encased in a tank that is minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Only your head and neck remain out of the tank. These cryotherapy chambers are advertised as tools to help with the relief of muscle soreness, general pain recovery, mood enhancement, and of course the promotion of weight loss. Unfortunately, however, if you are looking to activate brown fat via cold exposure, cryotherapy may not be the way to go. During a 6-month experiment on 45 overweight and obese men attempting to lose weight through moderate aerobic activity, cryotherapy did not make a difference one way or the other. There were no notable differences in body mass, fat, or lean body mass percentages. Cold exposure most likely needs to happen over long lengths of time, which is not pleasant, safe, or practical for most people. If you want to activate your brown adipose tissue and get your body burning fat naturally, stick with an approach which takes advantage of your diet and exercise routine instead.
Preventing Obesity with Melatonin
Normally produced by your brain’s pineal gland, melatonin is a hormone which is released cyclically in response to darkness and light. Its primary function is to help us sleep and relax, but Chinese researchers – in a study on rats – have discovered that it may also play a role in the health of our gut microbes. Rats who were fed a high-fat diet and gained weight were then able to regulate their gut microbes with melatonin supplementation, which allowed them to shed their excess stores of fat and reverse fatty tissue enlargement. Other studies have found that melatonin supplements can decrease inflammation and normalize fat-signaling chemicals throughout the body, which would support the Chinese study’s findings. Aside from obesity and weight gain, imbalances in gut microbe colonies have been linked to a number of health issues, from halitosis to gum disease, coronary artery disease, allergies, immune system breakdown, back pain, and more. Melatonin may be a natural, gentle supplement choice for those wishing to promote better intestinal health for themselves.
Probiotics Promote Healthy Gut Microbes
According to a literature review from the University of Bologna in Italy, imbalances in gut microbes have been linked to inflammation, immune system breakdown, obesity, metabolic syndrome, gum disease, bad breath, cancer, coronary artery disease, allergies, and other ailments. Because of this, it’s important to promote a healthy microbial environment in your gut whenever possible. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is to use probiotics. Some foods, such as yogurt, are naturally probiotic-rich, while others, such as ISO XP from XP Labs, are probiotic-enhanced. Consuming a diet rich in probiotics will help you maintain a healthy weight, especially when combined with regular exercise, which also alters your gut microbes in a way which is conducive towards weight loss and weight management.
Premature Death Risk Increases with Obesity
A study from the National Cancer Institute has concluded that gross obesity will substantially increase your risk of premature death from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, chronic liver disease, or respiratory disease. Surprisingly, the risk for premature death from prostate cancer, stroke, or general accidents remains the same whether you are grossly obese or not. The study was a pooled analysis which involved 20 other studies from the United States, Australia, and Sweden. More than 300,000 average-weight participants and nearly 10,000 grossly obese people were followed in the study between 1976 and 2009. Bottom line: If you want to be healthy and live longer, you need to shed the excess pounds.
What’s in Store for Next Week from Fitness Pulse
It’s our favourite week next week – training news week! And we’ve got some good tips for you, from what order to do your exercises in to how you can get the most out of your bench press. Take a look:
- Should you always go big first when resistance training?
- Learn to bench like a pro, with tips from pros.
- Super-slow resistance training offers limited effectiveness.
- Fast eccentric training gives better gains.
As always, thanks for stopping by. And remember, whey protein has fat-burning capabilities, too! If you’re looking to speed up your success in the gym and on the scales, give ISO XP a try today. It’s been scientifically formulated and tested to ensure you are receiving the very best in sports nutrition, with every scoop packing thermogenesis-unlocking potential like no other whey on the market.