Cold Weather Temperatures May Contribute to Weight Loss

ST.LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX)- Recently, cold weather has been the “chill” throughout the United States. But there may be a silver lining for all of the frigid weather. Dutch researcher Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, say a ten year study of the effects of the cold on metabolism shows that when people get cold, they burn more calories.

During the winter, people typically have higher thermostat temperatures in several places in their homes. Higher temperatures have been proven to not only decrease metabolism, but can also cause the body to burn fewer calories. Researchers say warm cozy homes and offices may contribute to obesity.

“Turn the thermostat a little bit lower sometimes and also maybe do not heat every room in your house or in your office … have rooms that are little bit lower in temperature,” says van Marken Lichtenbelt.

He also says that it is best to combine the cold along with exercise and healthy eating.

During the study, scientists say that it involved cooler, yet not extremely cold temperatures.

“You increase your energy … so you use more energy. That on the long term, has an effect on your energy balance and that effects your weight,” says van Marken Lichtenbelt.

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