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LC Diet Tip of the Day: 101

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Help stimulate your body's BAT (metabolically active fat) activity:

-Turn down your thermostat in winter. One study showed a whopping 80% increase in metabolism and significant increases in BAT in nearly 1/2 the subjects who were kept in a 66-degree or lower room.

-Stay active and include exercise in your daily routine.

-Avoid smoking. Research in this field found that non-smokers had higher BAT activity than smokers.

-Get some fresh air. People that worked, played, exercised outdoors had higher BAT activity than those who were indoors most of the day.

-You are what you eat, especially where BAT is concerned. People who had the highest amount of BAT activity also had lower levels of fasting blood glucose and body mass indexes. Avoid simple carbs (yay low-carb!) and excess calories to keep weight within healthy levels.
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    Cold is good - I often think I need to move further north cause it's too warm here in the summer and I don't like using the A/C but I don't function well when the temp is above 70. Yes, I've had it checked out, no obvious medical problems, just preference.
    2201 days ago
    I like to keep the house cool, but dh gets too cold -- so it is HOT. Don't like it at all...
    2202 days ago
    Brrrrrr - I keep my house about 70 during the day, don't think I'd be comfortable going any lower than that. I do lower it down to about 65 at night however when I go to bed, I sleep better when it's cooler.
    2202 days ago
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