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Thermostat Up or Down??


Sunday, December 01, 2013

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So silly: previous research which suggested that keeping our homes a bit cooler in winter would help with weight loss is now contradicted with reverse evidence. Toasty warm assists with weight loss.

All right then. Gonna ignore all of it. And head to the gym. And keep tracking those calories. Pretty sure that either way, it wouldn't make much difference. (Although possibly hibernating in elastic-waist jammy pants and thick sweaters might assist in avoiding the evidence if weight gain!!)
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FROSTIERACES 12/12/2013 7:52AM

    I think as I live in the frozen tundra I prefer to be cooler..so several down blankets..very cool at night and during the day I dress in layers. However there is the issue of my frozen feet and toes which at any given moment can throw that all off and I'll crank the heat up! emoticon

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IDICEM 12/4/2013 12:36AM

  This research doesn't matter at all to me. I turn on the heat only when I'm too cold. My apartment stays quite chilly by most standards. Regardless, choosing the gym seems like the best choice.
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STONECOT 12/3/2013 8:31AM

    I resent spending the money on heating if I can keep warm, either by dressing warmer, or by moving more. So regardless of what it does to my weight, it will be off until I can no longer cope with the cold!

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WELLBEING67 12/3/2013 6:35AM

    I wonder if the researchers looked at household income. Sometimes the temps are kept lower because of the price of heating. Those same households might struggle to pay for healthy foods as well. A box of clementines costs two to three times as much as a box of doughnuts or cookies. Sad but true. Our house is cool when we are not home or at night while we sleep. We turn up the heat when we are working at the computers. The kitchen stays warm from cooking and baking. I personally feel much more ambitious in cool weather. emoticon

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_LINDA 12/2/2013 11:55PM

    It figures! More contradictions!!
I personally feel the cold acutely if I am sitting around, so my thermostat is up, but it goes down the moment I am moving doing anything. I also prefer it cool to sleep at night. Its bone chilling cold when I power up my workouts ;) But I still think cold trumps heat. The shiver factor is more energetic then just sweating off some water weight. That is my theory and I am sticking to it :)

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SLENDERELLA61 12/2/2013 3:11PM

    Very smart to ignore conflicting conclusions. Sometimes I shake my head at researchers.

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PHEBESS 12/2/2013 8:42AM

    I personally wake up if I get too cold - plus I eat less in hot weather. So, if I had a house and a thermostat, it would be about 75 inside. All year long. Maybe warmer. Yeah, I think 80 is a nice even temperature.

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DOGLADY13 12/1/2013 10:13PM

    My mother kept the house at 68 degrees and she lowered it to 62 when we went to sleep at night. I made a mighty oath that when I was paying my own bills, I'd keep my house as warm as I liked. And I do.

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KOHINOOR2 12/1/2013 9:42PM

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TRAVELGRRL 12/1/2013 9:06PM

    Let the researchers argue over which is best while we work out, stick to our calorie allotment, and lose/maintain our weight the old fashioned way!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/1/2013 4:01PM

    Hardly a study I would put much faith in.

"Conclusions: Elevated ambient indoor temperatures are associated with low BMI levels. Further research is needed to establish the potential causal nature of this relationship."

Correlation does not equal causation right. Maybe people who are leaner are colder due to less body fat and keep the the thermostat higher. Of course, it was spun the other way to get attention.

I don't believe it matters much either way.

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NANCY- 12/1/2013 12:53PM

    If we look hard enough you can probably find conflicting support for any case. :)

"Gonna ignore all of it. And head to the gym. And keep tracking those calories. "
Love your approach, it is the only one that is effective.
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STRIVERONE 12/1/2013 12:27PM

    Whichever theory is correct, active beats passive by a long shot.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/1/2013 11:54AM

    I suppose journalists have to live...
I add a slice of ginger to my tea or several slices to hot water. Warming, tasty, and good for the digestion.

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DALID414 12/1/2013 10:48AM

    Hmmm... When the boyfriend says the apartment is cold I'm turning on the heater, I say put on a sweater or do 50 jumping jacks.
He usually grabs a sweater.

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TINAJANE76 12/1/2013 10:36AM

    It always just seems to come back to staying honest with ourselves and keeping up our healthy habits, doesn't it? I'm a cool-weather girl myself and tend to keep the thermostat on the lower end, but I do find I'm more sensitive to cold now that I weigh less and am more accustomed to the milder winters here in Italy.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/1/2013 10:35AM

    Hmmmm. My mom had five babies, spread over 15 years. She swore they changed the instructions for how to care for the infant with each iteration. Seems the same principle applies to theories related to weight management?

Feeling cold makes me want to eat more, so anecdotally, keeping my home warmer would seem appropriate. Working out also helps me feel warmer.

So... I'm going to take your advice and "ignore all of it" and I already headed to the gym today and got my swim on. emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 12/1/2013 10:28AM

    I can't sleep with the heat on! Beyond that, I don't think about the thermostat but I do love working out to get warmer. :)

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MANDELOVICH 12/1/2013 10:28AM

    I can't sleep with the heat on! Beyond that, I don't think about the thermostat but I do love working out to get warmer. :)

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MANDELOVICH 12/1/2013 10:28AM

    I can't sleep with the heat on! Beyond that, I don't think about the thermostat but I do love working out to get warmer. :)

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MANDELOVICH 12/1/2013 10:28AM

    I can't sleep with the heat on! Beyond that, I don't think about the thermostat but I do love working out to get warmer. :)

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BOOKAPHILE 12/1/2013 10:02AM

    It gets totally confusing! You can get some expert to support just about whatever you want to prove. I think ignoring it and doing what you know works for you is the wiser course. (Though I have felt cold lately...)

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MEADSBAY 12/1/2013 9:57AM

    Hahahaha-
we just never know.
I dress in layers,
use a neckwarmerthingee often,
drink hot tea all day
and still sneak the thermostat up a bit whenever DH leaves the house for long.
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