Increasing energy expenditure by stimulating thermogenesis through activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT) and\/or induction of browning of white adipose tissue (WAT) is considered a promising strategy to treat\/prevent obesity and related metabolic diseases. Whereas WAT is adapted to store energy as triglycerides, BAT produces heat (non-shivering thermogenesis). In brown adipocytes, the uncoupling protein-1 (UCP-1) regulates conversion of energy into heat by uncoupling ATP production from mitochondrial respiration. Also in WAT adaptive UCP-1 positive adipocytes (brown in white: brite or beige) can arise, predominantly in subcutaneous (s) WAT. This browning of WAT is enhanced by exposure to cold.