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A good addition to any weight loss plan...if you like the cold

Updated on January 31, 2012

Lose 10 to 20 12 months?!

Your thermostat can help you lose weight!

The reason may be obvious, but in case it isn't, there are some British researchers who published a study in Obesity Reviews that can explain why. Basically they reviewed some literature to find out what other factors besides poor diet and sloth may be contributing to the overweight/obesity epidemic. Their findings were pretty straight to the point, and if you think about it, it'll make perfect sense to you as well. As warm-blooded creatures we have a natural tendency to want to stay warm, right? When you're warm and cozy somewhere and the rest of the house always seems to be as cold as it is outside, what do you feel like doing? That's right, nothing.

But as it turns out, according to their study, by lowering the temperature in your house to a crisp 60 degrees or so all year round and wearing light clothing, you can actually burn up to 200 calories more per day as your body attempts to maintain thermal equilibrium. In a twelve month period, that could mean a weight loss of up to 20 pounds! Sound good?

Well, it certainly has its good points. For one thing you'll save on your utility bill. It's also good for the environment, and it's absolutely true that your body breaks down fat through a series of chemical reactions, the product of which is heat. So this is a very accurate theory.

First of all, not too many people are willing to wait around for a year just to lose only 10-20 pounds. Secondly, if you struggle with poor circulation like I do, even temperatures of up to 80 degrees can be nippy when there's a breeze. So why put up with the shivers? And finally, if you're eating high-calorie foods regularly, your body has plenty of energy stores to burn through each day to keep warm and you may ultimately never have a net loss of weight. So as valid as this idea is, it certainly is not going to be of any use to you if you use it by itself.

Let's face it: weight loss is work. If you want results, you will have to attack it from all angles consistently for a period of time. Nothing good ever happens overnight (well...except that thing you do with your partner), although for some special individuals it can happen fast. This would be a great method if it were a supplement to your diet and exercise plan, but again, it's not going to give you significant or fast results and it's pointless to do just this and continue eating your burger and fries.

What do you think?

Would you try this new method?

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      It sounds like a good idea, but wouldn't your body also compensate by raising your hunger level?

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      Interesting point. Overweight people are trying crazy diets and gruelling exercise regimens to reduce their excess flab. Compared to that, this idea is easy to follow. At least energy saving is guaranteed. This is worth trying. Voting up and useful!