How Turning Up The Central Heating Could Keep You Slim: Study Uncovers Link Between Higher Temperatures And Lower Levels Of Fat

A new study out on Tuesday shows that people who live in warm homes are less likely to be fat and tend to have lower body mass index (BMI) levels than those who shiver through winter. Researchers at the University of Stirling in Scotland have uncovered a direct link between higher temperatures and lower levels of body fat in a 13-year study involving more than 100,000 adults who rely on central heating. A study of 100,000 by the University of Stirling has found that turning on the central heating during winter could help you keep your weight down They claim It is not just what we eat and how much exercise we do that determines how heavy we are – the temperature at which people heat their homes could have a major impact on whether they can keep to their ideal body weight, the study suggests. In recent years scientists have suggested that warmer indoor temperatures have been a major contributing factor to rises in obesity levels in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Could this be a dieter’s best friend? New weight loss chip implanted in the arm tells you when to stop eating However, researchers from Stirling Management School’s Behavioural Science Centre show that the opposite appears to be the case – there is a direct link between higher temperatures and lower levels of body fat. The study used BMI levels to indicate levels of body fat and noted those who live in well-heated homes are more likely to have low BMI levels, while people who spend less time with their heating turned up – or on at all – tend to be heavier. While previous studies suggested that warm homes might help cause rising obesity levels, this shows the opposite Study co-author Dr Michael Daly, a behavioural scientist, said: ‘We set out to investigate the scientific claims that cooler indoor temperatures help us maintain a healthy weight by pushing our bodies to expend more energy through shivering and generating heat through tissues.
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