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    Men consume 44% more calories after swimming in cold water versus warm water

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    Monday, May 23, 2005 10:32 am Email this article
    Young men ate 44 percent more calories after exercising in cold water compared to warmer water according to a new study from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Calorie intake after cold water versus warm water: 877 calories vs 609

    Although they burned nearly the same amount of calories when exercising in cold water versus warmer water (505 calories burned versus 517 calories burned while exercising for forty-five minutes and then resting for forty-five minutes), they consumed an average of 877 calories after exercising in cold water compared to 609 calories when exercising in warmer water.

    Cold water: 68 degrees; warm water: 80 degrees

    The cold water was 68 degrees F (20 degrees C), while the warmer water was 80 degrees F (33 degrees C).

    Subjects: 11 men, 26-yrs-old

    The study involved eleven men with an average age of 26-years-old.

    Conclusion: Do not swim in cold water if you are trying to lose weight

    This study suggests that people who swim to help them lose weight should swim in warm water, not cold water, because cold water stimulates appetite.


    This is an interesting study. The idea of thermogenesis might suggest that swimming in colder water might cause more weight loss because of increased thermogenesis to keep warm. This study suggests this is not the case.


    White L, Dressendorfer R, Holland E, Mccoy S, Ferguson M. Increased caloric intake soon after exercise in cold water. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2005 Feb, 15(1):38-47.


    Dept of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL 32611-8206, USA

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