[caption id="attachment_73265" align="aligncenter" width="331"] Shivering Can Help You Shed Pounds[/caption]
So why do chilly temperatures make us shiver in the first place? Shivering is basically a biological response to cold whose purpose is to protect us from hypothermia. The Dutch researchers point out that increased exposure to higher temps within an office building all day long, for example -- while keeps people comfortable -- can contribute to obesity. By reducing temperature to 59 degrees over 10 days, the study participants burned more calories in order to stay comfortable. And in many instances, study participants did acclimate to the drop in temperature, essentially getting used to the cold fairly quickly.