Freezing Skinny

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Japanese researchers say that colder temperatures result in more energy expenditure, possibly resulting in weight loss.

    New research from Japan revealed that colder temperatures could increase energy expenditure, encouraging weight loss.  Researchers found that adults possess heat-generating, calorie-burning brown adipose tissue in varying quantities.  So being exposed to varying temperatures, more in line with outdoor conditions, could be “beneficial to the weight loss process.”  The researchers reported a decrease in body fat of participants who spent two hour a day in temperatures of 62.6 degrees F.  That’s not even THAT cold.  It’s like 12 degrees here today!  People who also spent more time in cold temperatures were found to shiver less, which caused non-shivering heat production with is linked to up to 30% of the body’s energy consumption.