Exercise! - cold : burn more calories

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08-20-2008, 08:49 PM
I was wondering if you burn more calories when you exercise in the cold ? Does a cold wheather speed up your metabolism ?

08-21-2008, 09:37 PM
I would say you might burn a few more calories when exercising in the cold (room or outside), but not enough to make a difference. That's only my guess, however. We get pretty cold winters up here, but I sure don't lose any more weight as compared to the other seasons.

I would place it in the same category as exercising in sweats, so that you sweat more. Just because you sweat out more fluid doesn't mean you are burning more calories.

08-21-2008, 09:43 PM
I don't think so your heart rate tends to get higher faster in the heat- which is usually more indicative of calories burn.
You may burn a couple of more calories each day in cold weather just by your body having to work a bit more to stay at 97 degrees.

08-21-2008, 10:51 PM
The first thing I thought of when I read this post was our bodies' natural tendency to put on an extra layer of fat in cold weather. I don't know if you would burn more calories in the cold or not, but I do Know our natural tendency is not to be thinner in cold weather.