temperature and body fat

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    Aug 30, 2014 6:10 AM GMT
    An interesting item in this month's Consumer Reports on page 42 on what you should set your thermostat to in the winter.

    CRLowering the thermostat could save you $100 per year. It could also help you maintain healthy body weight. "Temperatures in the 60 degrees to 62 degrees Fahrenheit range burn an extra 100 to 150 calories per day," says C. Ronald Kahn, M.D. professor of medicine at Harvard medical school, who studies the effect of temperature on energy-burning brown fats. "Even if you're only burning 50 calories a day at higher temperatures, that's still half a pound of fat every month."


    I keep my thermostat set at 71 during the winter, setting it to 62 would be damned cold for me. For a measly 1/2 pound a month I prefer watching what I eat.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:39 AM GMT
    Drinking cold water also burns calories, although very insignificant amount.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:56 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidAn interesting item in this month's Consumer Reports on page 42 on what you should set your thermostat to in the winter.

    CRLowering the thermostat could save you $100 per year. It could also help you maintain healthy body weight. "Temperatures in the 60 degrees to 62 degrees Fahrenheit range burn an extra 100 to 150 calories per day," says C. Ronald Kahn, M.D. professor of medicine at Harvard medical school, who studies the effect of temperature on energy-burning brown fats. "Even if you're only burning 50 calories a day at higher temperatures, that's still half a pound of fat every month."


    I keep my thermostat set at 71 during the winter, setting it to 62 would be damned cold for me. For a measly 1/2 pound a month I prefer watching what I eat.

    I would freeze to death living at 60-62º F. When I lived in North Dakota I'd set a winter indoor temperature of 68º, and would wear a shawl sweater around the house. That was cold enough.

    I had a body fat percentage of around 9-10% back then, no body insulation at all. I got cold quickly. Consumer Reports is often off-base on their stuff (I'm a subscriber). I don't believe a lot of people would be able to keep their homes at 60º F.
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
    I keep mine at 58 while im at work and 60 when i'm home. Thats mostly cuz i'm cheap and oil is so damn expensive haha. I hate winter.
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:46 PM GMT
    Mine is always set at 60°F. But I keep the fire going so that the electric heat never comes on.

    Cutting, splitting, stacking, and toting firewood burns plenty of calories. icon_wink.gif