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Daylight can kick-start a fat burning mechanism in the body

Written By Twee Mutsen on Sunday, August 23, 2009 | 11:37 AM

A particular type of fat known as brown adipose tissue (or BAT) transfers energy into heat and this boosts calorie burning. The scientists found that by spending time outside, where it is colder, this reaction is boosted and so dieters lose weight. Professor Michael Symonds, from the University of Nottingham, said the study had shown for the first time that daylight is a major factor in controlling brown fat activity. Brown fat is capable of producing up to 300 times more heat per unit mass compared with all other tissues.

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