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Lower the thermostat, whittle your waistline?
NBC Montana ^ | 1-22-14 | Jacque Wilson

Posted on 01/24/2014 7:57:46 AM PST by smokingfrog

You may want to program the thermostat in your office down a couple of degrees today, despite the more-than-chilly temperatures outside. A paper published Wednesday in the scientific journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests doing so could help you lose weight.

Regular exposure to mildly cold temperatures help people burn more calories, according to the paper's authors, who have been studying this phenomenon for more than a decade.

"Since most of us are exposed to indoor conditions 90 percent of the time, it is worth exploring health aspects of ambient temperatures," lead author Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt said. "What would it mean if we let our bodies work again to control body temperature?"

Over the last 10 years, Lichtenbelt and his team have discovered several key factors related to this link between fat and temperature.

In 2009, the researchers, and others around the globe, found something called brown adipose tissue -- or brown fat -- in human adults. Scientists had previously believed that functional brown fat was only found in infants. Brown fat is different than the white fat most of us associate with obesity.

Brown fat is thought to play a role in nonshivering thermogenesis, a form of heat production that happens in your body when you're not shivering -- i.e. when the temperature is cool, but not cold. Animal studies have shown that nonshivering thermogenesis activates brown fat cells, which burn calories to create heat.

Lichtenbelt and his team have found that nonshivering thermogenesis is weakened in obese people and in the elderly. And that obese people have less brown adipose tissue than people in the normal weight range.

They've also found that losing weight can help obese people increase their brown fat activity.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcmontana.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: bodyfat; brownfat; health

1 posted on 01/24/2014 7:57:47 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Don’t you just love it!

A new “Study” (Just in time) about lowering our thermostats; just in time for the EPA to drive our energy costs through the roof through Crap and Trade.

All for our new glorious hope and change!


2 posted on 01/24/2014 8:01:33 AM PST by Artcore
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To: smokingfrog

Well, if you freeze to death, you won’t be eating anymore. Thus, reducing your caloric intake . . . . .


3 posted on 01/24/2014 8:04:33 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: smokingfrog

Well.... that explains all those skinny Eskimos!


4 posted on 01/24/2014 8:05:27 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Artcore

5 posted on 01/24/2014 8:06:27 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Okay if being obese is a health issue and if ObamaCare is going to cut healthcare availability for everyone(except possibly the elite), and if being cold helps us lose weight then by extension shouldn’t we stop the war on AGW so the world cools? Just sayin’.


6 posted on 01/24/2014 8:07:52 AM PST by redangus
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To: smokingfrog

Are Canadians thinner than Mexicans? Norwegians skinner than Spanish? New Yorkers skinner than Floridians?


7 posted on 01/24/2014 8:08:35 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: smokingfrog

Really the only thing new here is the specifics. It’s been pretty well known that the big calorie burner when at rest is keeping warm, make your body work harder to keep warm burn more calories.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 8:10:52 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Drango

I would think that the skinniest people would be found in areas with a mild climate. If it’s too hot or too cold, you’re going to want to stay inside.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 8:13:01 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

When I get cold, I feel like taking a nap. I would be impressed if that helped me lose weight.


10 posted on 01/24/2014 8:13:15 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.--Moshe Yaalon)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Well.... that explains all those skinny Eskimos!

That's all brown fat. It doesn't count. If you warmed them up, they would all look like Jimmy J.J. Walker.
11 posted on 01/24/2014 8:14:24 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.--Moshe Yaalon)
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To: smokingfrog

Basic thermodynamics at work here....the bigger the difference between your body’s core temperature and room temp, the greater the rate of heat transfer from your body...the more energy your body has to expend to maintain your core temp....the more calories your body has to burn.

Same reason drinking one quart of ice water burns at least 68 calories.


12 posted on 01/24/2014 8:19:43 AM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: discostu

I remember an old Mike Douglas show over 40 years ago when he had some obscure health advocate pushing this very idea. His protocol was to start by turning the heat way up, and go naked around the house. Then slowly turn the temperature down over a few weeks to get used to the cold. Eventually you’d get used to sub 60 degree temps and the pounds would shed. At the time it made sense, even though the guy seemed to be a nut of sorts.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 8:21:21 AM PST by rickomatic
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To: rickomatic

There was at least one pundit guy who would take cold showers everyday. He claimed it induced shivering that burnt calories. He weighed 350+ pounds.

Likely cold does have an impact BUT the body compensates for it.


14 posted on 01/24/2014 8:26:26 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: rickomatic
His protocol was to start by turning the heat way up, and go naked around the house.

LOL. That reminds me of the old Rosanne Barr joke (back when she used to be somewhat funny) that she was told she could lose weight if she ate while naked and looking at a mirror. She said it worked great until she tried it at a restaraunt.

15 posted on 01/24/2014 8:33:50 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: rickomatic

Not sure about the turning it way up and running around naked, but the core idea is pretty solid. It’s why gyms that want to do things right run cold, making your body do just a big more work (gyms that want you to feel good run hot, making you sweat faster). Because for most of us weight is a matter of just a couple of calories here for there (the 2 pounds a year Americans gain on average equates to about 75 calories a day) small changes can have pretty significant effects. Even if all you do is burn an “extra” 2 calories per resting hour, that’s 2/3 of the average American’s overage.


16 posted on 01/24/2014 8:38:45 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: discostu

Except the body will simply want to consume more calories to account for the extra ‘burn’. The ONLY way this would work is if the caloric consumption remained static.


17 posted on 01/24/2014 9:26:15 AM PST by tatown ("So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it's still white men's fault.")
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To: tatown

Well yeah, that’s always part of the equation, you can’t replace the extra calories you’re trying to burn. And it goes in the other direction, reducing intake is no good if you reduce activity also.


18 posted on 01/24/2014 9:31:19 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: smokingfrog

Excellent idea! Human resources in offices can have their unsightly obesity trend reversed by responsible policymakers locking those thermostats lower and enforcing the settings. So what’s the lowest temperature that hefty human resources can stand? No pain, no gain!

[Little irony and sarcasm there. Please, boss, don’t do it! Oh, please don’t!]


19 posted on 01/24/2014 10:55:47 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: rottndog
Basic thermodynamics at work here....the bigger the difference between your body’s core temperature and room temp, the greater the rate of heat transfer from your body...the more energy your body has to expend to maintain your core temp....the more calories your body has to burn.

True, before the invention of clothing.

Insulation modifies the equations pretty dramatically.

But really cold weather, you're right. I've camped out in Rocky Mountain winters for as long as a week. 7000 calories a day and still lost 1 to 2 pounds a day.

20 posted on 01/24/2014 12:41:19 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: smokingfrog

Shivering burns calories.


21 posted on 01/24/2014 12:50:09 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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