Tuesday, December 08, 2015 by Michael Bundrant
Could the temperature of our homes be related to obesity rates? Researchers want to know.
Of course it seems absurd to bother researching this concept. The one and only sure way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit and maintain it until your desired weight is reached. Any weight loss cures beyond this basic concept are so much wishful thinking.
Still, studies are showing that the increasing temperatures in our homes might be causing our metabolic rates to slow down. Let’s take a look.
In America, the average household temperature is seventy degrees.
An article published on Everyday Health compared home temps in England and America. In England, average living room temperatures rose from 65°F in 1978 to 66°F in 2008. Bedroom temperatures increased from about 60°F to 65°F. And while living room temperatures in American households remained pretty stable at around 70°F between 1987 and 2005, the average U.S. bedroom temperature increased from 67°F to more than 68°F.
The theory is that as homes are getting warmer, bodies must work less ( thus burning fewer calories) to keep warm. Are researchers aiming to establish recommendations for weight loss that have something to do with temperatures in your home?
Imagine: the home temperature weight loss plan! All you need to do is keep your home cooler! Wishful thinkers might even fall for it.
Turn Down the Heat to Keep Off Pounds – Weight Center – Everyday Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/news/turn-down-the-heat-to-keep-off-pounds.aspx