Aug 012014
 

Could your central heating be making you fat? Researchers in the Netherlands had some brave volunteers spend six hours every day for ten days indoors in temperatures of just 15 to 16 degrees Celsius whilst wearing t-shirts and shorts. They not only got used to the cold, but their metabolism sped up, leading them to use up more energy.
Rob and Finn discuss if turning the thermostat down could be the secret to losing weight and they’ll explain some diet-related vocabulary.

What is the recommended number of calories an average man needs each day to maintain a healthy weight? Is it:
a) 2,000 calories
b) 2,500 calories
c) 3,000 calories

 


 

Vocabulary and definitions
slimming: what you do to lose weight and become thinner
calories: units that measure how much energy you get from food
lose the pounds: reduce your weight
guinea pigs: (here) people used in a scientific test to find out the effects of something on them
metabolism: all the chemical processes in your body, especially those that cause food to be used for energy and growth
diet: (here) an eating plan that helps someone eat less and lose weight
couch potato: person who is not very active and watches lots of television
hibernate: spend the winter sleeping
comfort food: types of food people eat that make them feel happier when they are sad or worried

6 Minute English – Chill and lose weight! Transcript Video

 

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