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Monday, July 13, 2015

Being Cold Can Actually Help You Lose Weight -- Find Out How

Being Cold Can Actually Help You Lose Weight -- Find Out How
Obesity is generally caused by overeating and lack of exercise. New studies, however, show that temperatures can also affect the body's ability to burn fat and lose weight. It's not a gimmick or a diet. It is scientific evidence based on the human metabolism.

How the metabolism works

The human body uses energy to help maintain a normal temperature. When we are in warmer temperatures, the body does not have to work hard to stay warm. However, in colder temperatures, the body will work harder to stay warm by burning more fat. The theory by several scientists is that we can actually shed pounds by keeping our homes a little cooler.

Temperatures and body fat

One National Institutes of Health researcher published a study about the relationship to lower temperatures and body fat. The study found that when people lower the temperature in their bedrooms from 75 degrees to 66 degrees, they gain brown fat, which is the good fat that burns calories to generate heat. Another study showed that people who live in the warmer parts of Spain are more likely to be overweight than people who live in the cooler areas.

A former materials scientist at NASA was curious about why Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps consumed so many calories but only burned about 20 percent of them, yet won a gold medal in swimming. The scientist, Ray Cronise, believes Phelps burned extra calories by immersing in cool water. More studies are being conducted by scientists.

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