Fat Cells, Your Under Appreciated Friend
Trigger warning: Mocking legitimate research that will soon be exploited for weight loss purposes.
When you’re too busy to shred calories at your local gym or train for an upcoming Iron Man, there just seems to be a lack of innovative ways to stay fit as a fiddle these days! But WAIT!
I’ve just stumbled upon an odd, but strangely appealing, way to burn some calories and get a great cartoon visual of a tiny pin-sized man who travels through your body calling out commands to tiny fat cells wearing a harness.
Per The Washington Post:
Fat is known to help protect animals from the cold — and not only by acting as insulation. In the early 1990s, scientists studying mice discovered that cold temperatures trigger certain fat cells, called brown adipose tissue, to release stored energy in the form of heat — to burn calories, in other words.
Apparently all you need to do is pack up your earmuffs, mittens and yeti fur-lined boots and head off to the Great White North to get your brown (really?) fat cells to fire up and create some heat.
To be honest, I sort of glazed over when I first read this article, but then my imagination took flight and gave me the idea of the tiny fats running frantically in circles around small bonfires, lit explicitly for the purpose of keeping me alive and warm during the many arctic storms I will encounter during my stay in the frozen tundra.
Honestly, I can’t be bothered to move someplace so cold that it requires specialized coping mechanisms from parts of my body. What kind of positive things happen if I move south? Will the good fat cells band together to help me keep cool? Do they do a massive about face with the tiny drill sergeant yelling for them to extinguish the fires and start using giant palm fronds to fan my insides that are overheating from too much time on the beach in the scorching sun?
Regardless, I’m glad to see those crazy little bastards (my unappreciated fat cells) getting some time to shine in the spotlight where they aren’t referred to as “silent killers” or “toxic time bombs waiting to go off.”