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"Just because somebody puts a name next to a quote, doesn't make it true. Peace out niggaz." - Albert Einstein

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Being cold does in fact burn more calories as your body uses more fuel to keep warm so your roomy is correct. Source: I am a personal trainer and power lifter.

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It does burn calories. The correct terminology is non-exercise activity thermogenesis. I'm not a power lifter, just a nutrition professor.

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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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Your body takes a lot of energy to heat itself therefore burning calories, but burning calories to the extent of losing weight is not probable.

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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 definitely do. I was born and raised in Arizona (southern), so anything below 60 is freezing to me.

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Inside and outside temperatures do feel different. I'd say most people would shiver at that temperature in their house. I'm curious how cold your house is.

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58- Not to turn this into a pissing contest over outside temperature, but Britain doesn't know cold.

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80) if it helps, I think 10° celcius is 69.8° (about 70) Fahrenheit. Just to by tens, and you'll get a rough estimate.

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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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10C is actually 50F. I personally like it 60F outside and 72-73F inside. So guys is -40C colder or is -40F colder?

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86, I'm a fellow Okie as well and the weather here is a trip. 92, That wasn't a serious question was it? Surely you know -40 C is colder than -40F.

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I live in Vermont and sometimes it can get below 0F during the winter. It was 29F today and it was cold.

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I live in Ohio and I don't start shivering till its below 20F but I am melting as soon as the temperature hits above 80F

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-40C and -40F are the same ;) it gets to be -40 where I live regularly. question is, who can tell me what -40 is in rankine and kelvin? ;)

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87- You it's bad for you, I'm Texan. Three days ago it was nearly 70 with a low of 50. Today? Low of 18, didn't break 45. (F)

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It's all relative to the quality of the coat you own. With even a decent hoodie, 30 is plenty bearable (IL's kinda mediocre tho).

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Silly American measurements! Does any country use the old kings measurements other than USA?

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thank you 111 ;) so in perspective I freeze my tail off at 419 R. :p glad to know someone knows scientific temperature still :)

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I'm in Arkansas, and while it can get pretty cold here, I would shiver. It also gets hot here. Really hot.

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