|A woman faces the cold weather in Ottawa on Jan 22, 2014. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency) |
Regular exposure to cooler temperatures can help a person lose weight, a new study has found.
Researchers at the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands said most offices are kept warm so workers aren't uncomfortable. But they found after being exposed to 17 C for up to six hours a day for six weeks, the study participants got used to the cooler temperatures.
Their comfort levels increased, they had more brown fat which burns energy instead of storing it, and they shivered less at 15 C. Non-shivering heat production can account for up to 30% of the body's energy budget, the study found.
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