Attitude, Fitness

Weight Loss Tip: Turn Down The Heat; Turn Up The Radio

Think of it as a watch-thermostat-tip-2-lg_1holistic trifecta: you can save money, save the earth, and lose weight–all by keeping the thermostat a few degrees cooler. The Los Angeles Times reports that researchers at Maastricht University have concluded that “regular exposure to mild cold may provide a healthy and sustainable alternative strategy for increasing energy expenditure.” The scientists claim that people who spend six hours a day in 59-degree temperatures felt more comfortable and increased calorie-burning brown fat. They point out that “obesity is a consequence of a positive energy balance,” meaning we eat more calories than we burn, and that our bodies production of heat– called nonshivering thermogenesis – can account for a few percent to 30 percent of the body’s energy budget. The bottom line: turn down the thermostat, and turn up the radio.

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