By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer - Huffington Post
Published: 01/22/2014 02:06 PM EST on LiveScience
"Temperature training" may be what is missing from your weight-loss plan. New evidence suggests that regular exposure to mildly cold air may help people lose weight by increasing the amount of energy their bodies have to expend to keep their core temperature up, researchers say.
In other words, warm, cozy offices and homes may not be ideal places for those who want to lose weight. In fact, being able to control the ambient temperature might be partly responsible for the rise in obesity rates in industrial societies, said researchers from the Netherlands in a study published today (Jan. 22) in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism.
"Since most of us are exposed to indoor conditions 90 percent of the time, it is worth exploring health aspects of ambient temperatures," said study researcher Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt of Maastricht University Medical Center. "What would it mean if we let our bodies work again to control body temperature?"
The human body withstands the cold by shivering, which produces heat; this provides one explanation for why cold temperatures may promote weight loss. Studies have shown that people expend five times more energy when shivering, compared to when they are resting.
The body uses more energy when the mercury drops for other reasons, as well. For example, a type of fat called brown fat, which burns calories rather than storing them, is activated in response to cold. In young and middle-aged people, heat production through brown fat can account for up to 30 percent of the body's energy budget, the researchers said.
A previous study from researchers in Japan found a decrease in people's body fat after they spent two hours per day for six weeks in a room with a temperature of 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius).
The new study also found that people get used to the cold over time. After spending six hours a day at 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) for 10 days, people in the study not only had more brown fat, the participants also said they felt more comfortable and shivered less when exposed to lower temperatures.
Although a 59-degree room would likely be too cold for most people, it's possible that room temperatures in the mid-60s would also activate brown fat, the researchers said.
The long-term effects of regular exposure to cold are still unclear and require further investigation, but evidence suggests training the body to tolerate cooler air may indeed help burn calories, the researchers said.
"Similarly to exercise training, we advocate temperature training," the researchers said. "More-frequent cold exposure alone will not save the world, but is a serious factor to consider in creating a sustainable environment together with a healthy lifestyle."
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CrossFit athletes are mimicking training tools used by many of the world’s leading strength and conditioning experts. The use of the KewlFit targeted 58°F/14°C Cooling Vests have begun to pop up in Boxes across the country. These vests are being used similar to how the USA Cycling Team, Alberto Contador and the Dutch National Soccer Team are using them, by keeping the core cooler before, during and after workouts.
CrossFit athletes are pre-cooling during their warm-up and keeping cool throughout the WOD with the help of the vest. They are also post WOD Cooling at a safe and targeted temperature allowing them to be quickly recharged for another workout or to take on the rest of the day.
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Cooling the body down, rather than building up a sweat, could be an effective way of losing weight, a new research from Harvard University revealed.
The Scientists concluded that brown fat – a “good” fat that burns calories – is activated by the cold. Brown Fat is found naturally in humans and consumes calories to generate heat. The activation of this tissue through cool temperatures is known as non-shivering thermogenesis and could be the key in the fight against obesity.
The team at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University was successfully able to activate brown fat with a 14°C Cooling Vest. They had also tested the effects of the over the counter weight loss drug Ephedrine but found it was not activating the tissue. Lead researcher Dr. Aaron Cypess said that “this was the first time a study revealed that ephedrine does not turn on brown fat”.
Dr. Cypess said harnessing the cold effects could help reduce calories without the side effects associated with ephedrine.
“Mild cold exposure stimulates (brown fat) energy expenditure with fewer other systemic effects, suggesting that cold activates specific sympathetic pathways,” he said.
“Agents that mimic cold activation of (brown fat) could provide a promising approach to treating obesity while minimizing systemic effects,” he said.
Dr. Cypess would conclude the article by saying one method to stimulate brown adipose tissue as we did in the study would be to design a cooling vest that people can wear to help them lose weight. We at TechNiche International have done just that, created and designed a Cooling Vest set at the same targeted 14°C and will maintain this temperature for 2-3 hours. For more information on the KewlFit Weight Management Cooling Vest please visit http://www.kewlfit.com or call 888-823-2665.
World Champion Para-cyclist Colin Lynch discuss his use of the KewlFit Performance Cooling Vest and how it has helped him increase endurance, comfort and overall workout performance. Colin wears the cooling vest as a pre-cooling and post-cooling tool on race days as well as a during exercise cooling on training days.
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The KewlFit targeted temperature 58°F/14°C Cooling Vest by TechNiche International is changing the way athletes workout. Athletes from a wide range of sports are reporting increases in endurance, performance and workout intensity.
Athletes from a wide range of sports are turning to the KewlFit 58°F/14°C Performance Cooling Vest to help them throughout their training. Conditioning athletes are reporting increases in their overall endurance as well as improvements later in their cardio exercises. Strength training athletes are reporting bigger lifts and the ability to finish sets stronger than ever before. These reports coincide with the academic research that states cooling the body at a targeted temperature allows athletes to have increases in overall performance, endurance and workout comfort.
The KewlFit targeted temperature Performance Cooling Vest is changing the way athletes train both during the season as well as in the offseason. Athletes are now able to pre-cool before games and exercises at the recommended 58°F temperature which has shown to not invoke a vasoconstriction response like ice vests do. The research agrees that athletes that pre-cool are able to accomplish more before heat fatigue is reached than athletes that don’t. This results in better workouts, improved conditioning and an athlete that is more ready for competition.
The KewlFit Performance Cooling Vest also allows athletes to wear during actual exercise and training for improvements in intensity, workout comfort and overall performance. Keeping the core cooler during exercise enables athletes to keep a lower core temperature while allowing the working muscles to work through the training. This results in better overall workouts and the ability to finish cardio sets at a better rate.
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Paralympic Irish Cyclist and UCI World Cycling Tour Champion, Colin Lynch wear's his KewlFit 58°F Performance Cooling Vest during warm-ups at the 2013 World Championships. Colin would go on to win the Bronze Medal.
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He is now training for the 2016 games in RIO and is doing a variety of international races until then.
Make sure to follow him on twitter and give him your support! https://twitter.com/TTworldchamp
2013 Cycling Highlights:
3rd 2013 World Championships Time Trial
2012 Cycling Highlights:
3km Pursuit World Champion
2012 UCI Paracycling Track World Championships
4th place – Kilo
1st place – Pursuit
11th place – Team Sprint
London 2012 Paralympics
4th place – Individual Pursuit
5th place – Time Trial
Dan Dodson wins the United States Cycling Association Illinois State TimeTrail championship after pre-cooling with his KewlFit 58°F Performance Cooling Vest.
Dan had said the temperatures near race time were in the 90’s with very high humidity.
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July 24th 2013
Dan Dodson wore his KewlFit 58°F Performance Cooling Vest at the Great Egyptian Omnium last weekend and had great success. The event was a 80 mile road race, followed by a 12k Time Trial, and concluded with the Sunday criterium. Dan did not finish the road race (due to an issue with him dropping his water bottle) but was able to secure a victory in the 12K Time Trial and finished in the top 10 in the criterium.
The Great Egyptian Omnium was a USA Cycling sanctioned event and Dan finished 7th overall in the general classification of cat 3's.
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