Do you need another incentive to turn your thermostat down? If saving money on your utility bills and decreasing your dependence on fossil fuels isn’t enough for you, recent research suggests that you can lose weight by knocking the temperature down by a few notches. We all want to be comfortable in our homes, but it turns out that being a little chilly might be good for us.
Prime Your Internal Furnace
Former NASA employee Ray Cronise has advanced a hypothesis that reliable indoor heating is one culprit for growing rates of obesity and accompanying diseases like diabetes in the United States. The idea is simple: The human body needs to burn energy to warm itself. Over the course of our evolution, humans were exposed to more cold than we are today, when we spend the winter commuting in a heated car between a heated home and heated office. When a body no longer needs to work to warm itself, that energy turns to fat instead.
“Our body temperature remains constant and it takes a lot of energy to keep it that way, no different than heating your house,” Cronise said to ABC News. “I treated my body like a thermostat…to see if I could run up the utility bill and get the furnace,