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Cold? Good thing if you want to lose weight, researchers say
Cold? Good thing if you want to lose weight, researchers say

Turn your thermostat down -- and don’t add a sweater. That, researchers report, will not only save energy to heat your home but will use more body energy and perhaps aid weight loss. Before you get too excited, the scientists are not suggesting the life of a chilly couch potato is the answer to the obesity epidemic. But, they say in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, “We suggest that regular exposure to mild cold may provide a healthy and sustainable alternative strategy for increasing energy expenditure.” That’s your energy, not the planet’s. “Obesity is a consequence of positive energy balance,” Wouter van Marken...

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