Thursday, August 27, 2009
In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a couple of reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. But the following may be another reason. Since many of us work in air conditioning, consider this...
Roadblock number 3: You crank the AC.
What's wrong with that? Everyone wants you to lay off the thermostat to save the planet. Here's how it can save (the shape of) your own butt, too: In a study published in Physiology & Behavior, researchers found that exposure to temperatures above the "thermoneutral zone"—the artificial climate we create with clothes, heating, or air conditioning—decreases our appetite and food intake. "At a slightly uncomfortable 81 degrees, the women in the study experienced a 20 percent decrease in appetite and ate 10 percent less than at 72 degrees," says lead author Margriet S. Westerterp-Plantenga, Ph.D., a professor of food-intake regulation in the department of human biology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Detour: Instead of cranking the air conditioner every time you feel a little warm, learn to endure slightly steamier conditions. Hitting the "off" button is well worth a little discomfort if it helps you lose the saddlebags.