Can cold weather help you lose weight

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Maybe. Cold weather may stimulate special tissue in your body which burns energy to keep you warm.

Winter is here and with it, cold, bleak, short days where it's easy to just lie around inside, eating comfort food instead of summer salads.

But could exposure to the cold help counteract our tendency to stack on extra kilos beneath our winter woollies?

Potentially yes, says Dr Paul Lee of Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, who studies the impact of cold exposure on humans.

In the interests of his research, he even elected to subject himself to cold showers daily to explore a theory about how the cold changes the body's metabolism.