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Last updated at 15:31 BST, Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Chill and lose weight!


Could turning the heat down reduce your weight?

Could your central heating be making you fat? Researchers in the Netherlands had some brave volunteers spend six hours every day for ten days indoors in temperatures of just 15 to 16 degrees Celsius whilst wearing t-shirts and shorts. They not only got used to the cold, but their metabolism sped up, leading them to use up more energy.

Rob and Finn discuss if turning the thermostat down could be the secret to losing weight and they'll explain some diet-related vocabulary.

This week's question:

What is the recommended number of calories an average man needs each day to maintain a healthy weight? Is it:

a) 2,000 calories

b) 2,500 calories

c) 3,000 calories

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Chill and lose weight!

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what you do to lose weight and become thinner


units that measure how much energy you get from food

lose the pounds

reduce your weight

guinea pigs

(here) people used in a scientific test to find out the effects of something on them


all the chemical processes in your body, especially those that cause food to be used for energy and growth


(here) an eating plan that helps someone eat less and lose weight

couch potato

person who is not very active and watches lots of television


spend the winter sleeping

comfort food

types of food people eat that make them feel happier when they are sad or worried



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