By Zoë Ruderman
There are a lot of explanations as to why women tend to put on a few pounds during the winter.
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Comfort food cravings. The chilly weather, which makes it hard to get out of bed and to the gym. And of course the fact that there's no motivation in the form of shorts and bikinis to stay svelte. But scientists recently discovered a new-and totally surprising-reason why the number on the scale might go up of the year: your thermostat.
Yes, the little dial on the wall could be partially to blame for your jeans fitting a little more snugly.
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They also discovered that turning down the heat could help you shed Lbs. Without getting into too much of the science behind it, when people are exposed to slightly chilly conditions (think: in the 60s), a process called non-shivering thermogenesis kicks in. And that causes your body to burn calories.
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One expert told the Times, "When we put people in a 60-degree room, they increase their energy expenditure by 100 or 200 calories a day if they're in light clothing." Hmm, keeping our apartments at that temperature doesn't exactly sound appealing, but crazier things have been done to lose weight...
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Would you turn your thermostat down to 60 degrees for the rest of the winter if it meant losing a few pounds by spring? Do your diet and workout habits change in cold weather months?
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