Lose Weight during Winter?

Singapore
February 26, 2009 10:16am CST
So my friend was telling me just now that people normally lose weight when the weather is cooler. She (a science student) was reading some article and it said that an experiment was done to prove this theory. They had put people into cold surroundings and found that their bodies "created" brown fats. Now there are 2 types of fats in our body. White fats (which we don't want) and brown fats (which helps to burn white fats). So according to this article, they found that those people under cold surroundings "create" more brown fats and they also lose weight. Now i don't know how credible this is. But it gives winter a whole new meaning altogether.
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@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
2 Mar 09
I doubt the conclusion that people lose weight during winter. The new findings about white and brown fat is one thing, which may be true. But there are so many other facts to be considered. In summer, because of the weather, we do not have good apetite, and sweating all over, usually people lose weight. While in winter, the opposite, at least for me. I often feel ashamed in spring when pulling down heavy coat, only to find more challenging to maintain positive figure.
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• Singapore
2 Mar 09
i guess this theory only applies to certain individuals ya... oh wells
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I don't know about the good fat/bad fat thing, but it stands to reason that when exposed to colder temperatures, the body has to burn more calories to maintain it's temperature.
• Singapore
2 Mar 09
i mostly go into hibernation mode during winters. keep wanting to sleep.
• India
26 Feb 09
my dear friend the article you have talked about is quite true, even i have also heard about it. but losing one's weight fully depends on his will to do it, whether it is cold or hot a person who wants to loose his weight will never see whats the season he will just reduce it.
• Singapore
26 Feb 09
well, that would just encourage me to lose weight when the weather is cooler. haha.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I think it depends on where you live but it is very humid here and I think the body retains more water when it's warm. I've noticed my fingers seem skinnier in the colder months than they do in the warmer ones. It's odd that you get thinner when it's gold because you are more active when it's warm. When it gets really hot I don't even want to eat sometimes.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I am a biologist and I haven't heard about the body producing the brown fat in the winter, I think babies have brown fat and adults have white fat, but I didn't specialize in physiology so I am not sure. What I am sure of is that you burn more calories in the winter because its cold and you body burns calories in order to make heat, but that also means you crave more calories and usually eat more too. In the summer you don't burn calories to make heat since it is already hot but most people find that they have a decreased appetite in the summer as well. So I don't really think its easier to lose weight during any particular season. The only real way to lose weight is to exercise and eat less calories than you burn.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
Hmm. I've never heard that before. But I really hate the cold. And personally I usually gain a lot of weight during winter with the holidays and everything. So even if i am burnign more fat, I'nm taking a lot more in! lol but i'll think about this next time i'm cold :)
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@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
2 Mar 09
I would say it's the oposite ;) since in the winter it's so cold that you spend all your time inside eating. In the summer you're out more and moves around - at least that's how it is for me (and most people I know). Being outside and get the body to keep warm would be a thing that would burn calories, but that's a small amount *lol*