In general we think that it’s easier to gain weight in winter than in summer. But did you know that recreation out in the cold melts the excess fat more quickly?

There is a common belief that we consume much more calories during the spring or summer as we sweat and consequently lose a lot of water. Actually, it’s just the opposite. In the winter time our body consumes much more energy in order to heat up. We are speaking about a simple law of thermodynamics.

The theory of the effects of low temperatures on weight loss was developed by Ray Cronise, a former NASA scientist. He was inspired by the story of the swimmer Michael Phelps, which used to ingest 12,000 calories (50,241 kJ) a day, but still managed to maintain a perfect athletic figure. Ray figured out that the cold water in the pool forced the swimmer’s body to keep the optimal body temperature all the time.

Ray began to carry out experiments on himself and found out that the method really works. In six weeks he dropped down 30 pounds (14 kilos). The cold environment in fact forces the body to constantly maintain an optimum body temperature. With this, we spend a lot of calories. In this originates also the diet, on the basis of which we should drink about eight glasses of ice-cold water per day.

However, we should avoid very very low temperatures, because the exposure to excessive cold can make blood inflow to vital organs difficult. To fulfill the desire for a slimmer body shape we don’t need to jump into the icy cold water, but rather make use of more friendly forms of outdoor winter recreation, which will not be harmful to our health. Thus, the fear that we could catch a cold is needless. As long as our body is active and with the movement creates and maintains the heat, it should not affect our health.

It’s only important that after our activities we don’t stay sweaty in the cold, but we put on dry and warm clothes as soon as possible. Most of us erroneously assume that it’s necessary to be warmly dressed for the activities in cold weather. If we already feel warm before exercises, we will soon become hot and will lose our strength more quickly.

It’s true that winter days are much shorter and are therefore depriving us of many forms of outdoor recreation, but this shouldn’t be an excuse for laziness and avoidance of physical activity. Skiing, ice skating, hiking or running are just some of the opportunities for recreation, otherwise we can go in the gym or do some exercises at home. It’s not superfluous to emphasize again that regular exercise preserves important motor abilities such as strength, endurance, flexibility and balance, and at the same time it helps to maintain our body weight.