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Shiver Your Weight Off

Thermostat reading 68 degrees
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The reasons I keep the thermostat in my house at 62 degrees are fairly simple. I tend to like it cool and definitely sleep better when it is cooler in the house. Also, the cost of heating a home with very little insulation, old windows, old doors and old everything else–beyond 62 degrees, would be astronomical!

Now a new study indicates that this may be a way for people to burn more calories and lose weight! Dutch researchers have found that the body actually uses more energy when exposed to cool temperatures of 64 to 66 degrees, thus burning more calories.

Other studies have indicated that shivering increases fat-burning. Eventually the body does acclimate itself to colder temps, which is probably why I rarely even notice how cool it is in the house. Of course it hasn’t seemed to affect what I see on my scale in the morning either! Maybe a trek to the South Pole would help me to, literally, freeze my butt off!

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