BAT – Brown adipose tissue or brown fat a lesser evil?

BAT or brown adipose tissue is one of the two types of fat found in humans.  It is abundant in newborns and contains many smaller droplets of lipids with a lot of mitochondria with iron hence the brown color.  As infants grow up, this tissue becomes similar in appearance to white fat but there have been many articles and research  that relate BAT to skeletal muscle.

Functionally, BAT has a primary function – to generate body heat by burning fat.  That explains why BAT is present in hibernating mammals and also animals that do not shiver.  Based on reading research articles, BAT is a fat burning fat cell so it maybe good for us.  BAT growth maybe stimulated by cold and therapies like hydrotherapy as well as books like the “The 4 hour body” by Tim Ferriss talk about the benefits of cold water and showers. Refer to article here.

Therefore, BAT maybe a good fat and stimulating its growth could be a valuable aid in burning fat.  IMHO, cold showers in the morning, encouraged by yoga and other eastern philosophies did have  BAT research behind it Smile!                                 

– Gary Saggu

Guide to Cheat Day (while on the slow carb diet)

1.  First meal of the day needs to be slow carb diet conforming.  This is not a cheat meal.  Today mine was a mix of mung bean and green lentils with ghee and some spices. This was accompanied by a little guacamole and an egg white omelet with an organic egg.  The omlet was mixed with some onions.

2. About 2 hours later, I had some sliced grapefruit.  Grapefruit juice is ideal but I could not find it (without added hi-fructose sugar) so that became my source of Naringin.


3. PAGG is taken to reduce glucose sensitivity but I am not on PAGG. I would love to hear if how PAGG or AGG is working for people on cheat day.


4. Lots of citrus juices during or lemon juice with water.  I had a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice – heavenly.


5. Lots of going to the toilet.  I had the honor of going about 4 times already and it is only tea time.  


6. Regarding the contractions in between meals, I have not been good with those.  I did walk briskly all day today.  I think I might go to the gym to make up for no air squats or other stuff before my meal.  But my first binge was a healthy soy burger(with muenster cheese) with some greens. Hardly a binge but I am trying to wait for an Opera pastry waiting for me in the fridge.


More thoughts on cheat day from the mind of Gary Saggu later as time progresses…now high tea (with scones and clotted cream, not! – I feel full already!)

– Gary Saggu

Checking the ingredients of allowed foods on SCD

Interesting thing happened to me at my local Whole Foods.  I wanted to add some variety to my breakfast and innocently opted for smoked trout for protein early this week.  The trout was yummy and all natural etc. Last night I was at whole foods again loading up on lentils and other slow carb foods recommended for the SCD (in the 4 hour body).  This time I checked the ingredients of my smoked trout and turned out that it did have “all natural” cane sugar.  So I checked all the smoked trouts from different vendors and they all had some form of sugar in it.  Hidden sugar in apparently safe foods that one can eat while on the SCD is a big reason why this diet may not be providing the results expected.

Veggie restaurant locator (iOS app)

Check out with apps to locate veggie restaurants and healthy eats around you. A must have for vegetarians and healthy eaters on the go.

Two cities are currently supported:-

  • Veggie and vegetarian friendly restaurants in NYC: HealthymapNY Healthymap - Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the New York City area - Gary Saggu
  • Veggie and vegetarian friendly eats in London: HealthymapUK Healthymap vegetarian and vegan guide to London - Gary Saggu

Cold water showers and drinking cold water benefits

How important are cold showers for health?  Cold water therapy and hydrotherapy (super popular in the 1800s) cite a number of benefits of cold water showers.  Benefits include improved blood circulation, mood, good for skin and hair and even a boost to testosterone levels.


I just also read that James Bond’s character in the books by Ian Fleming started the shower warm and towards the end turned it to cold for a few minutes.  James Bond knows something!


As per yoga, cold showers have a huge anti-aging effect, mood uplifters and a bolstering of the immunity system of the body.  Bond must have been a yogi too!!?


What about drinking ice water?  Drinking cold water has been encouraged by the 4 hour body by Tim Ferriss.  Well, I think if ice cold water is drank by us, the body must have to heat it up to 37C(unless you are an extremely cold blooded reptile).  That must consume some calories and slowly it all adds up.


My take on this is that I will start making an effort to take colder showers gradually.  It is tough to do when it is sub-zero outside but the benefits sound logical enough for me to give it a try.  Drinking cold water is easy if there is an ice maker handy around you during the day, so I am game with that as well.  For who does not want to waste a few extra calories just by drinking ice cold water?

Spinach, baby spinach and more spinach is essential to the SCD

Spinach is an essential part of the SCD.  It nutritionally dense, packed with anti-oxidants and flavanoids.  It is also Iron rich although I am not sure how much iron is needed by men.  It certainly gives me that content feeling that I have eaten something.

Lunch was baby spinach salad with a few garbanzos, broccoli, egg-whites, onions and tuna.  Dash of balsamic vinegar with a lot of olive oil as dressing.  Yummy.