Looking for a silver lining to all this cold weather? Here’s one – according to research recently published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism (you read that, don’t you?) lowering temperatures increase your metabolic rate, which burns calories. 

That’s not to say you need to go stand outside, though. Dr. Christopher Ochner, an obesity specialist at New York's Mount Sinai hospital suggests that 65 degrees is the threshold you're looking for if you want shed the pounds. Going lower takes time, and people can adjust to 60-degree temperatures.

Basically, if you shiver, your metabolic rate increases five times.