Turn the Color Wheel
If brown fat can turn white, can white fat turn brown? It’s a hot area of research. Investigators have found a third type of fat called beige fat that can be activated so it has fat-burning power. “Beige fat tends to be embedded in
subcutaneous fat, which may be why subcutaneous fat is relatively benign and may even be protective,” Dr. Cohen says. “Our dream is to find a pharmacological target—five to ten years away—that would turn unhealthy white fat to healthy brown fat.” You may
already have a natural way to make beige fat brown. New research suggests you can turn on the beige- fat furnace by notching your home’s thermostat down to 19 degrees C or below for ten hours a day. Cold temps activate beige fat to keep you warm.