Drs. Oz & Roizen: How to reprogram your fat cells

March 17, 2014 

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, we wondered how a simple communication app (maybe it's not so simple) could be worth more than half of all the NFL teams combined. (The average NFL team is worth $1.1 billion.) But it's easy to underestimate the value of something if you haven't seen it in action.

A couple of years ago, published lab research revealed that mice secreted a hormone during exercise that reprogrammed their adipose tissue (fat cells). This allowed the critters to burn calories at a souped-up rate even when they were resting. We were a little skeptical that the results would apply to humans, but what's improbable yesterday ...

Turns out you, too, can turn on fat cells so that they burn instead of store calories. Say hello to irisin - a powerful anti-aging hormone that helps you achieve a younger RealAge. It's released from skeletal muscle and turns white fat cells into metabolism-boosting brown fat cells, after you've stopped exercising.

For example, the calories burned while following our walking program don't account for all the weight loss and improvements in glucose and lousy LDL cholesterol levels. The irisin afterglow contributes to the added health boost.

To get your bonus boost, try our complete 12-week walking program at www.sharecare.com. You can start slowly (week one: 15-20 minutes, two to three times a week) and build up to 30-60 minutes, four to six days a week. You'll be amazed at how you easily you earn your burn. And that's worth MORE than any app.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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