Just a few minor changes to your home could have a major effect on your waistline.
You already know that junk food and skipped workouts can make you gain weight, but did you know your home environment affects your diet, too? Seemingly small things like lighting and temperature change how your brain perceives food – even how your body processes it. Make your house healthier with these tips!
The Thermostat Is Set Too High
Ever consider that your home’s heat might make you a little too comfortable? Yes, your thermostat affects your fat! We all have two types: white fat (the stubborn kind from refined sugars and fried food) and brown fat (the good kind that scientists believe helps us stay warm). When your house is warm, brown fat acts the same as white fat. But when you’re cold, brown fat becomes activated and powerful: it works to generate body heat and kickstarts your metabolism. All you need to do is lower your thermostat to 63°F for just two hours a day. A small study showed that this could reduce body fat mass by 5 percent in six weeks!