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Thermogenesis

Thermogenesis

A cold body uses more energy to keep itself warm than a warm body.

When we are cold, we shiver — the muscles involuntary contract to generate warmth. The body may also activate "brown fat", a kind of fat tissue whose primary function is heat production. Brown fat burns calories to generate heat. 

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Physical activity only makes up a small portion of your total energy burn. Percentages of calories you burn off in a day:

  • 60%- 80% account for energy used for basic functioning when the body is at rest.
  • 10% of energy is used to break down food.
  • 10% - 30% of...

The processes of thermogenesis only kick in to keep you warm when you are truly cold. Exercising alone may generate enough heat that your body wouldn't burn any extra calories through shivering and brown fat.

The best way to use the cold to burn more calories would be not to exercise while ...

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