Brown Fat Helps Weight Loss

June 4 2012

Scientists Identify Protein That Stimulates Brown Fat to Burn Calories
     BBSRC (May 11 2012)

Many people struggle to maintain weight loss after dieting. Activating brown fat may be the answer. Unlike white fat, which functions primarily to store up fat, brown fat (also known as brown adipose tissue) burns fats to generate heat.

Scientists have discovered that the protein BMP8B acts on a specific metabolic system (which operates in the brain and the tissues) to regulate brown fat. Increasing brown fat activity could potentially be used in conjunction with current weight loss strategies to help prevent the typical decrease in a person's metabolic rate which causes weight to plateau despite following a diet regimen. 

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Category: May 2012
Topic: Obesity