STUDY: Your Thighs and Beer Gut Heart the Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex 2014

Sure, it’s frigid outside but rub those thighs together and burn those calories! 

Whelp, it’s back. Polar Vortex 2: this time, it’s personal!

How? Mother Nature sure is taking a smackdown in the court of public opinion for all this below-freezing temperatures and stuff. You know, winter and all. Nonetheless, I think this vortex thingy is getting everyone so mad, even Sam Champion wants to pimp-slap Mama Nature.

So, just when she is need of some serious crisis communications, we get this study from a publication that I have never read, bought or discovered on a shelf—but there it is: Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism

New research from the aforementioned journal of geekdom and P90X freaks suggests that while many people may want to consider knocking that temperature down a few notches to lose weight. And in this weather, open the windows and watch those love handles love you back.

Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt and his team at the Maastricht University Medical Center studied 51 men over 10 days. They exposed the men to a 62 degree room and found that exposure to cooler temperature increased the production of brown fat to help them lose weight. Colder temperatures tend to cause the shivers, but the alternative is to use the body’s own brown fat as a source of fuel to keep it warm. When fueling the fire with brown fat, the shivers stop and the body learns to adapt.

Whatever the icy hell that means.

Of course, the study would like to remind you that going polar express isn’t an excuse for not exercising regularly. However, with this blistering cold, go streaking. It’s cheaper than the gym and apparently, just as effective. Merry Christmas!