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coldTemperatures are expected to plummet to single digits again tonight. But is there an upside to all this cold weather when it comes to weight loss?

As they say in frigid Minnesota, “You betcha!”

It has something to do with brown fat deposits in our bodies.

According to Dr. Aaron Cypess of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston:

Most fat is  “white fat” used to store excess energy and insulate us in the cold. Too much is a problem.

Brown fat is mostly found in newborns, but adults have small deposits of brown fat that carries over from infancy.

Brown fat is the superhero because it burns fat, not stores it!

A chilly room can activate brown fat.

A study  by researchers in the Netherlands says lowering the temperature of your environment could help you lose weight. When you are exposed to the cold, your body goes to work by trying to balance your thermostat. Heat is generated from those brown fat tissues trying to generate energy. Your body burns calories to keep you warm. So turning down your thermostat from 72 to 62 degrees, for example,  could do the trick. Not only will you be green, but you could also lose weight!

Go outside in the cold and let the brown fat go to work! Use those dumb bells but add temperature training to the mix. See if you can tolerate more cold and let your body work out!

Forget that warm, cozy office with the heater at your feet! Turn it off and keep it chilly. Shiver and produce some heat! Make your work out a walk in brisk weather (not sub zero!) and train your body to tolerate colder air! Its temperature training time!

 

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