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Maybe it's just me, but if OP's roommate has the willpower to torture herself by forcing herself to constantly shiver that she might be able to put the effort into a run or something... Assuming that she doesn't work out often, just that it looks like she's looking up "easy" tricks vs. exercise.

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That is a logical fallacy. Setting it onto cold makes the body use fat deposits to remain at the constant and optimum temperature of 36.7 whilst releasing water to for evaporative cooling barely uses any energy seeing as your body temperature is already over 36.7 easily.

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Sweating does burn calories, but cold temperatures cause the body to burn more. That's why people tend to eat more in the winter--the body is compensating for the loss of calories.

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I think it is probable but only if said roommate likes the cold. If not then he or she will crack and start wearing warmer clothes instead of shivering like the original intention.

Try to make the best of it, OP. You can now charge your roommate more money for the utility bill, AND you have an excuse to cuddle up with a blanket, some hot chocolate, and a good book. That's what I'd do, anyway. :)

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Where I live 50 degrees is still colder than the temperature outside during the day (unfortunately), so that's why my mind went to the higher utility bill part. Regardless, I stand by the rest of my comment; there's nothing better than cuddling up with your blanket and a hot drink when you're cold. :)

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I'm from Chicago, 50 degrees is nice. Freezing to me is about 10 and lower. That's not me being a hardass, thats just the way you adapt to living in Chicago all your life. I'm not even kidding 2 days ago it was 60 degrees, then yesterday we had the possibility of snow.

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Here in Oklahoma is torture. We'll have 70-80 degree highs during the day, and 30-40 degree lows throughout the night. I wish the weather would just make up its mind! :[

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And that's our winter temperatures. During the summer, we'll have 105-115 highs during the day, and 50-65 lows throughout the night. When it's 110 degrees outside, then quickly drops like it does, 60 degrees feels so, so cold!

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