Do Social Sports Help You Lose Weight Faster?By Claire Al-Aufi on December 28, 2012@hivehealthmedia
Research indicates that social activity has a high impact on your ability to lose weight. In lab mice, those that were exposed to fun socialization were able to lose a significant amount of weight while those that were provided with exercise wheels only lost about as much weight as the control group.
Social interaction and fun have an effect on metabolism (no, Facebook and Twitter don’t count). With the body producing two variations of fat, those who are exposed to fun, social activities are more likely to produce the heat generating and metabolism boosting “brown fat.” The white fat, which is what accumulates and causes weight gain, does not burn energy.
Lose Weight Playing Sports?
Even in human studies, those who were hitting the gym and sticking to a tight schedule of exercise lost significantly less weight than those who gathered with groups of people and played games or social sports. The social aspect of team sports seems to increase metabolic rates. This means that not only is the exercise more effective but it actually takes less energy to burn more calories and reduce fat.
Losing weight can be a constant challenge for some people. It seems that all of the exercise and dieting that they can muster leads to yo-yo weight loss. The more scientific evidence that can be gained to support reasons for this the easier it is to correct it. Social activity does not necessarily mean organized team sports. Gatherings of people who have fun together while working out are able to burn more fat than those who go through the same exercise routines alone. The results of unofficial studies have confirmed this.
Social Activity Shred Brown Fat?
The brain houses the hypothalamus. This is a gland that actually has a huge impact on the production of fat. The socially active mice were able to produce a great deal of the metabolism enhancing brown fat thanks to the activity found in the hypothalamus.
Mental stimulation excites the hypothalamus. The stimulation received when in a group of people helps keep the hypothalamus active. This also means that there are potential synthetic options available for those who are morbidly obese. By taking the human hypothalamus and tricking it into believing that it is hyper-stimulated the human body could potentially drop the same percentage of excess weight as the lab mice. The mice in the lab dropped anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of their original body fat.
Social Interaction for Weight Loss
Social development combined with exercise is a crucial part of losing weight. For science this can lead to less invasive treatment options for patients that are dangerously heavy. For the human population that struggles against those last five pounds regularly it could mean that exercise can become a pleasurable experience. Social interaction during exercise has proven to be the core concept for those who have not been successful at losing weight.
[box type="important"]More studies need to be performed before an official statement can be released. The evidence is mounting and it will only be a matter of time before social organizations are gathering to help facilitate the healthy and fun weight loss programs that are going to be more likely to work faster.[/box]
- Article source: September issue of Cell Metabolism.
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