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Will cold weather help you lose weight?

Published On: Jan 24 2014 10:18:48 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 25 2014 03:27:03 PM CST

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MADISON, Wis. -

The cold is taking a toll on our bodies. But it can’t be all bad when new research said it can help you lose weight

Personal trainer Juliete Pellicane doesn’t usually workout inside.

"I feel like I'm stuck in a dark box all the time," said Pellicane, who would rather run outside, but the constant cold has kept her captive.

"I remember after Thanksgiving we had that one really nice Sunday," she said. "That was the last time I went outside to work out."

A new study reported in “Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism” suggests being chilly, though, can help you lose more weight.

"Is it going to show up on a scale?" UW Kinesiology Professor Ron Carda asked. "You're going to have to do a whole lot of shivering."

Professor Carda said lower temps increases your body metabolic rate, which burns calories. In fact, shivering raises that rate up to five times. Although a thermostat, recommended at 65-degrees, is nothing like when the mercury falls below zero.

"I think it's trying to put a positive spin to an uncomfortable situation," Carda said.

UW-Madison engineering student Christopher Poellinger braves the cold and runs around campus every couple days. But he dresses appropriately for it.

"I kind of layer it so, I wear a pair of running tights and then running sweat pants over that," Poellinger said.

The Professor also recommends running into the wind to start, with it at your back near the finish.

Nobody really likes the cold, but maybe new research can convince Pellicane to ditch her old workout and conquer the cold.

"I just want the sun and ice to go away," she said. "They have warm weather gear so you can stay warm, but that only does so much."

If you plan to change your thermostat, researchers suggest starting out at 70-degrees and lower it in two-degree increments and over time, you sort of get used to it.

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