Monday, April 16, 2012
Commenting on LC Diet tip 101:
I also hate being cold. But the studies gave ME some important information. I remember reading decades ago in National Geographic about Antarctic researchers -- due to the constant, extreme cold, researchers ALWAYS lost weight despite eating like, 20, 000 calories a day (that is 10 TIMES normal consumption!) (Please note that article was not about weight loss!) I have also read that BAT is primarily associated with an individual's basal metabolism -- the energy expended merely by being alive and warm-blooded. It struck me way back then that being very cold was an extremely easy way of losing weight, if you could take the torture of being so cold all the time!
These studies confirmed and quantified my notion. You have to be at 66 degrees (or less) for an effect. The effect is HUGE! -- essentially, the "caloric cost" of being alive is 80% higher! Your metabolism runs 80% faster/hotter! Personally, I am STUNNED that the effect is so great at only 66 degrees. Most people do not even begin shivering at a temperature that high! True, it is uncomfortable (for me), but the studies don't say you can't put on a sweater! And 66 degrees is easy and economical to achieve in the winter!
MORE IMPORTANT!! Being that cold for an extended period seems to result in a permanent (more or less, still to be quantified) increase in the amount of your BAT. In other words, come summer, you will STILL have a higher metabolism. You will still burn more calories simply sleeping/breathing/being alive because you endured being cold during the winter. Dieters have been looking a long time for ways to increase their metabolism permanently. This seems to be that "magic bullet".
And let us not forget that being cold was not the only conclusion of the studies. They also suggested that being active outdoors increased BAT. MY conclusion: chill your butt off literally in the winter; steam it off in the summer outside.