From bizarre fad diets like the tapeworm diet and the cotton ball diet to this Japanese weight loss trick (that involves a towel), we know you've tried everything in the book to stay in shape. And all your #FitnessGoals go for a toss when you have the heaviest meal of the day at night and it becomes impossible to hit the sack without that irreversible guilt.
But, who knew the solution to this was right there, all along!
A new study published in Diabetes suggests that turning on the air conditioner or turning down the heat in winter may help us burn belly fat while we sleep. Colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness brown fat in our body.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, turning down the thermostat in winter and turning up the air conditioner in summer might result in some weight loss (of these two choices, the former is better for the environment, as it conserves energy). If that's all you're doing, the amount you'll lose over the course of a year might be 4 kilos, if the studies are correct, but don't forget to eat right and exercise regularly if you're serious about losing weight.
Spending more time on those precious ...ZZZs can help you eat less and have fewer cravings than people who skimp on sleep. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin tracked the sleep of 10 overweight young adults who were at risk for obesity and who self-reported fewer than six and a half hours of shut-eye each night.