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Melting love handles may be possible with brown fat cells

Written by Editorial Team |Published : October 17, 2014 6:07 PM IST

Call it love handles, the spare tyre or the middle age spread - a lot of people struggle to do away with their extra fat around waistline. Thanks to a new way to burn energy from food, you could soon be able to do so with some 'stress'. The scientists have discovered a new signalling molecule capable of activating brown fat cells called adenosine and burn energy from food.

The body's own adenosine which is typically released during stress activates brown fat and 'browns' white fat, the findings showed. 'Not all fat is equal. Humans have two different types of fat: undesirable white fat cells which form bothersome 'love handles' as well as brown fat cells which act like a desirable heater to convert excess energy into heat,' explained professor Alexander Pfeifer from University of Bonn in Germany. (Read: Lose your love handles with twists)

'If we are able to activate brown fat cells or to convert white fat cells into brown ones, it might be possible to simply melt excess fat away,' he noted. Crucial for transmitting the adenosine signal is the adenosine receptor A2A. 'If adenosine binds to this receptor in brown fat cells, fat burning is significantly stimulated,' Thorsten Gnad from Pfeifer's team explained. (Read: Exercises to get rid of love handles, flabby arms, muffin top and thut)

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It was previously thought not possible for adenosine to activate brown fat. However, the researchers were not mislead by these previous findings. In contrast, using brown fat cells removed from humans during surgery, the scientists investigated the signaling pathway for fat activation using adenosine. The results showed that rats and hamsters react differently than humans in this regard. 'On the other hand, brown fat in mice behaves just as in humans,' Pfeifer commented.

The findings appeared in the journal Nature.

Here are some ways to lose your love handles with side dumbbell bends

Step 1: Stand up straight with your chest out, while holding a dumbbell in your left hand, while you keep your right hand on your waist. Make sure you keep your chest our and your feet at shoulder width. This will be your starting position.

Step 2: Keeping your chest out and back straight, bend down at your waist to the right while keeping your upper body stationary. Hold the bent position for a moment and then come back to the starting position.

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