A cold weather can be a good excuse to cheat on your daily exercise to burn away your body fat. However, a new study has indicated that working out in low temperatures can actually get rid of more fat than usual.
How temperature plays a role in burning the body fat
The study consisted of 11 “respectably fit, overweight” grownups. It was observed that the oxidation of lipids, or in simpler words burning of body fat, was seen to improve by nearly 300% when the subjects worked out at 32 deg F (0 deg C), much better than what was observed at 70 deg F (21 deg C). The subjects were taken through a bunch of standard exercises for extreme focus stretch exercise, otherwise called intense cardio exercise, at every temperature: ten 1-minute cycling runs at 90% exertion, trailed by 90-second recuperation times of cycling at 30% exertion, with a chill off period toward the finish of the two sessions.
Researchers from Laurentian University in Canada stated in their paper, “Our study is one of its kind to analyze the effects of cold surrounding temperatures on intense digestion during focused energy stretch exercise, just as postprandial digestion the following day. Our observations indicated that rigorous work out in low temperatures did cause variations in intense digestion as against in a thermoneutral environment. But, the colder environment didn’t favor changes in postprandial digestion the following day.”
Working out in a cold environment did cause the oxidation rate of lipids to shoot up by 358%. However, no significant response was seen the next day after breakfast. Indeed, glycemic reaction (the adjustment in the body’s glucose levels in the wake of eating) was better after exercise in the thermoneutral climate, taking everything into account. The study is an intriguing one as it serves as a staring point for analyzing how ambient temperature plays a role in getting rid of the body fats during a heavy work out.