Source: Rewire Your Mind
In this video, Andrew Huberman discusses two secrets to transforming your body and accelerating fat loss: fat mobilization and fat oxidation. The first step in fat loss is to mobilize the fat by breaking the backbone between glycerol and fatty acids. Once the fatty acids are released into the bloodstream, they can be used for energy. The second step is oxidation, where the fatty acids enter cells and are transported to the mitochondria to be converted into ATP.
The first secret to accelerating fat loss is the realization that the nervous system, not just calorie deficit, plays a crucial role in fat mobilization and oxidation. Adrenaline, released from neurons connecting to fat cells, stimulates fat oxidation. The specific patterns of movements and environments can trigger these neurons to release more adrenaline, which promotes fat loss.
The second secret is that subtle movements, such as shivering or fidgeting, can greatly increase fat metabolism and fat loss. Studies from 2015 and 2017 have shown that people who fidget or engage in subtle movements throughout the day can burn anywhere from 20 to 30 percent more calories than those who do not. This strategy works best for people who are already slightly overweight and may not enjoy exercising.
The bottom line: activating the nervous system to promote fat mobilization and oxidation, along with incorporating subtle movements like fidgeting, can significantly increase fat loss and help transform the body. While exercise is still important for overall health, these two secrets can provide an additional, accessible way to burn calories and promote weight loss.
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