Report says lowering thermostat could help lose weight

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A study is shedding light on a new approach to get rid of excess flab, and it all starts with the temperature on the thermostat.

The report, published in the journal Obesity Reviews, links obesity with warmer indoor temperatures.

When it's warmer, the body doesn't have to work as hard to maintain a normal body temperature and that leads to a reduction in the amount of energy burned.

Scientists looked at trends in how both American and British people heated their homes, learning that over the years the average indoor temperature in homes has been going up.

Along the Grand Strand medical experts say although the study is based on credible science, the findings don't mean it's appropriate to replace diet and exercise with lowering the thermostat.

"[People should] do the tough work and that's eating properly, getting adequate levels of exercise, making sure there isn't a health issue that contributes to their weight," said Dr. Brian Adler.

According to an article in the New York Times if the thermostat is set to 60 degrees and light clothing is worn that could lead to burning between 100 and 200 calories daily. Over several weeks it could add up to about a pound of lost weight.

Myrtle Beach mom Tara Manna says she'll take whatever she can get when it comes to losing weight.

"If I could keep the thermostat a little lower and lose one or two pounds it would help," said Manna.

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