Cool It: Lower Temps May Help You Lose Weight
Posted on 08/4/2014 by Candy Sagon |Personal Health and Well-being
For those perennial fights over the thermostat — “Turn it down, it’s too hot!” “Turn it up, it’s too cold!” — science may have some new ammunition. Turns out that turning down the thermostat revs up our metabolism and may help us lose weight, according to new research.
The key, apparently, is increasing our brown fat. Our body contains two types of fat: white fat, which stores energy (meaning calories) and collects on our thighs and bellies, and brown fat, stored in small amounts around the shoulders, which burns energy to maintain the body’s temperature. Previous studies have shown that lean people have the most brown fat, while heavy people have the least.
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