I have recently begun a campaign to lose some weight. I am employing the new revolutionary RickJay Weight Loss Program, which revolves around a two-step process:
- Eat less
- Exercise more
Already, this method has proven highly effective, as I have lost nine pounds since New Year’s. However, Cecil’s recent column on burning calories by drinking cold drinks (basically, you burn a few calories by consuming cold liquid, since your body has to burn energy to hear the liquid) has me thinking.
I already drink lots of fluids, but why not burn off calories via extra heat production on the outside? It’s freakin’ cold here - I live in Canada - and my body has to pump out big time heat to keep me warm when I’m outside. So my General Questions are:
If I spend a lot of time outside in the cold, like walking around or something, can I burn extra calories by being cold?
How many calories would I burn? Say I’m outside in 10F weather for an hour, assuming some basic winter clothing. I’m 6’2" and weigh about 240.
Or would the effect of increased cold exposure be to encourage fat buildup (since my body would want to insulate itself?)