Thursday, April 23, 2015

201102687 Lee, Jun Ki / Live Colder, Live Lighter / Thurs 1-3pm

Have you ever thought about living in Antarctica? This might sound strange, but if you want to lose your weight, it might be the best place on earth. Being on a diet is a daily routine for people now days. However, for most people success seems very far away. Here is a very shocking fact. Temperature can affect your weight. Cold weather can actually help you lose weight because cold weather will require more energy from you to sustain body temperature, boost your body metabolism and produce more brown-fat.


           Firstly, your body definitely needs more energy to stay warm. In the colder climate, people tends to spend more calories to sustain the appropriate body temperature. This process will take calories and fats. Normally human body should have a temperature around 36.5 Degrees Celsius, and this is vital for survival. Since our body is designed to protect itself, your body will produce more heat to keep you warm. This process consumes energy, meaning that you will burn more calories and fats. As a result, there is a higher chance for you to lose the weight. Basically, 'staying alive' is more costly in colder climate.


           Secondly, cold weather offers faster metabolism. The scientific result showed a negative relationship between temperature and metabolism pace. If the temperature goes up your body metabolism would slow down, making you to consume less energy for same activity. However, as the temperature drops, your metabolism accelerates, so even if you do some slight exercises you will be able to burn more fat than in an warmer weather condition. Your work out will have much more impact on your weight if you could do it in a colder places. Jogging for a mile in Minneapolis is worth more than a mile in Miami.


           Lastly, the fat called the 'brown fat', which happens to appear more in colder condition, tends to help you gain less weight. This brown fat burns the fat, and the other 'white fat' stores energy. Scientists have found that protein that makes the brown fat increased in the colder weather, resulting in higher number of brown fat. This brown fat makes you gain 30% less weight even if you have same diet. Also, obese people tends to have lower level of brown fat that thinner counterparts. This means that you will still have the same diet and gain much less weight just by staying in colder situations, so "eat same, lose more" can actually happen.


           In conclusion, there are lots of factors that can contribute to a weight loss in a colder climate. Colder weather would burns more energy for body temperature, accelerates body metabolism, and produces higher level of brown fat. All of these could have great impact on your weight. So, how about moving to a colder place and saying goodbye to weight concerns?


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