Is Your House Making You Fat?

Just a few minor changes to your home could have a major effect on your waistline.

Is Your House Making You Fat?

You already know that junk food and skipped workouts can make you gain weight, but did you know your home environment affects your diet, too? Seemingly small things like lighting and temperature change how your brain perceives food – even how your body processes it. Make your house healthier with these tips!

The Thermostat Is Set Too High

Ever consider that your home’s heat might make you a little too comfortable? Yes, your thermostat affects your fat! We all have two types: white fat (the stubborn kind from refined sugars and fried food) and brown fat (the good kind that scientists believe helps us stay warm). When your house is warm, brown fat acts the same as white fat. But when you’re cold, brown fat becomes activated and powerful: it works to generate body heat and kickstarts your metabolism. All you need to do is lower your thermostat to 63°F for just two hours a day. A small study showed that this could reduce body fat mass by 5 percent in six weeks!

J&J Vaccine and Blood Clots: What to Know If You Already Got the Shot

Six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis have been reported among the 6.8 million people who received the J&J vaccine.

After the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was associated with cases of "rare and severe" blood clots, the U.S. government recommended officials pause giving the shot. But nearly 7 million people have already received the vaccine. So the news has a lot of people wondering if they should be concerned and what they need to look for.

The short answer: "Don't panic."

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