Does Temperature Affect the Body’s Metabolism?

MetabolismYour metabolic rate is one of the factors that determines how fast or slow you burn fat and lose weight. Some people have a harder time achieving the weight they want because of their metabolism, while others barely work out and eat a lot, but still have an ideal BMI.

Various factors affect your metabolism and how many calories you burn; one of them is the temperature. The hotness or coldness of a room has an effect on a person’s metabolic rate. Studies revealed that people have improved fat burning capabilities in colder rooms.

Heat Loss

After the body obtains a small amount of energy from food, it turns it into energy used by cells; the body loses the rest as heat. This heat loss is the cause for a room of people to start feeling uncomfortably hot. The heat produced by the metabolic rate plays an integral role in keeping a person warm.

Cooler Temperatures Affect Human Fat and Metabolic Rate

All Air Services cites that people have various forms of fat; white fat stores extra energy and its brown counterpart burns chemical energy to produce heat and maintain body temperature. Researchers revealed that white fat cells in people and animals take on features of brown fat cells.

Research led by Dr Francesco Celi of Virginia Commonwealth University and Dr Paul Lee of Garvan Institute of Medical Research conducted a study on the effects of temperature on metabolism and brown fat. Their study discovered that after a month of exposure to cold, the participants increased their brown fat volume by 42%and increased their fat metabolic activity by 10%. These changes returned to near their baseline a month following the study of neutral temperature.

Improved insulin sensitivity after eating accompanied the higher levels of brown fat after a month of exposure to cold. Longer exposure also led to substantial changes in leptin and adiponectin, both are metabolic hormones.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.