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A research team in the Netherlands says there’s an environmental factor that might help in the fight against obesity and that is often overlooked: the cold.
Along with a healthful lifestyle, gradually lowering indoor temperatures to between 62 and 77 degrees can do the body good, says Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, a biologist at the Maastricht University Medical Center. By keeping the room a little cooler, your body has to use more calories to maintain a toasty 98.6.
"In the long term, that can have an effect on your energy balance and body weight," van Marken Lichtenbelt tells Shots. He and his colleagues outline the evidence for the idea in a commentary in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism.