New research suggest that "brown fat," a cell that rapidly burns calories, could be the key to fulfilling that whole "eat whatever you want and burn it off" pipe dream. The former hypothesis-that it was only present in rodents and human infants-has been debunked by new studies that claim adults have plenty of the stuff: It's just activated by the cold. (Scientists found their subjects' brown fat kicked into overdrive when they sat in a chilly room.)
What ever happened to good old fashioned aerobics?
The New York Times reports that these findings should help pave the way for safer, more effective ways to combat the obesity epidemic, and of course, you can bet that some day soon we'll have access to brown fat diet shakes (um, yum?). Then there are the inevitable beauty treatments. One doctor joked, "We're thinking of opening a frosty spa." Sounds recession-friendly, too. Maybe we should all just turn our heat off next winter?
Speaking of weird beauty alternatives, would you ever get a fish pedicure?
-- Erin Flahety
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