Do you notice yourself not gaining much weight whenever you travel to colder countries?
Thank brown fat.
What exactly does brown fat do?
- Brown fat burns chemical energy (aka burn more calories) to create heat and help maintain body temperature.
- It allows us to have better insulin sensitivity, lower levels of circulating fatty acids and also lower levels of triglycerides.
- Burns white fat
Other benefits of living in a cold climate
- Fights inflammation
- Strengthens your Nervous System
- Speed recovery
- Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
- Improves quality of sleep
- Improves Immune System
- Reduces pain
Things to note for people who want to lose weight
Take opportunity of this season and start your diet weightless regime now! Pretty sure you will be craving for soups and hot meals instead of ice-cream and sodas. As long as you’re not overeating to make up for the extra energy your cold-exposed body is using up, you can expect to lose some weight in response to cold
Things to note for people who do not want to lose weight
Consume more carbohydrates than usual as your body tends to use glucose stores more during colder temperatures.
What caused Singapore’s sudden “winter season” in the first place?
According to Straits Times, the low temperatures have been attributed to a monsoon surge in the South China Sea, a weather phenomenon that brings a rush of cool air and rain to Singapore.
Hope you find this short post useful!
12 Proven Health Benefits of Cold Exposure and Cold Showers – Selfhacked. (2018). Selfhacked. Retrieved 14 January 2018, from https://selfhacked.com/blog/12-reasons-embrace-cold/
Monsoon Update. (2018). Nea.gov.sg. Retrieved 14 January 2018, from http://www.nea.gov.sg/weather-climate/forecasts/monsoon-update
TAN, A. (2018). The Big Chill: Coping with the cold and the rain in Singapore. The Straits Times. Retrieved 14 January 2018, from http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/the-big-chill-coping-with-the-cold-and-the-rain-in-singapore