It could turn out to be the Holy Grail of weight loss. An effortless way to burn off the white body fat that builds up around the middle.
That belly fat isn’t just an unsightly “spare tire” or “muffin top,” either.
Because that same stash of body fat can drive up inflammation, throw hormones out of balance, crash your metabolism, and contribute to a nightmare list of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, heart failure, and more.
Heck, that same body fat could even help trigger dementia.
But new research has finally revealed what we’ve all been searching for. And it turns out this body-fat-burning secret isn’t hiding out in some hard-to-reach part of the world.
It’s buried inside your own body.
Bring your body-fat-burners out of hiding
Your body contains something called the sympathetic nervous system. It’s best known for helping you to handle stress or danger.
You know that famous “fight or flight” response? Well, THAT’S your sympathetic nervous system at work.
But more recent studies have found that the sympathetic nervous system does so much more than we were giving it credit for. It can create “brown” fat in the right situations, a healthy form of body fat that helps burn off the dangerous “white” fat we’re all trying to lose.
Being cold – like, actually shivering – is one way to kickstart that reaction. Brown body fat makes heat, so your body is essentially trying to light its own fire to keep warm.
But, let’s be honest. That’s not exactly a comfortable situation to be stuck in for long. Who wants to spend time shivering in the name of weight loss?
That’s why the new study offers so much promise. It shows how a single compound found in certain foods can have much the same effect as shivering on your sympathetic nervous system.
They’re called flavan-3-ols. They are part of the polyphenol family and are typically found in apples, cocoa, grapes, and red wine.
Transform dangerous white fat into brown
In experiments on mice, both a single dose of flavan-3-ols caused the body to crank out adrenaline and noradrenaline. That, in turn, switched on the sympathetic nervous system.
There were significant changes in the body fat tissue of mice given flavan-3-ols for two weeks. Over time, some dangerous white body fat began transforming into the healthy brown version.
Those are the kinds of changes that could lead to a much healthier metabolic profile… not to mention a much slimmer physical one. And that’s especially true if you also put in just a touch of extra effort by eating a little better and moving a bit more.
Now keep in mind this was a study on mice. That means I wouldn’t get too excited yet. We need more research specifically on how the white body fat in people responds to the flavan-3-ols.
But this study IS still very encouraging. Plus, it matches what we know from prior human research. For example, we’ve already seen persistent links between apples – a key source of flavan-3-ols – and better metabolism.
Other great sources of flavan-3-ols include green tea, peaches, and pears. Even the hops used to make beer have some.
Of course, you can also find flavan-3-ols in supplements, on their own and as part of many age-fighting polyphenol blends. And keep in mind battling body fat isn’t the only benefit they bring to the table.
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