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Scientists at the University of California discovered that staying in the could help us lose . Exposure to the cold increases of a protein that helps make brown fat, which burns energy and keeps us . It also helps us lose weight. White fat stores energy and so we gain weight. The said that because of air conditioning and , we stay warm. This means our body does not need so brown fat. They said that workers who work in cold temperatures, "have a significant amount of brown fat when compared to same-aged indoor ".

The was on two different groups of . One group was injected with the brown-fat protein. This group gained 30 per cent less weight after both groups had high-fat . The researchers say this could help in the fight against . Obese people have levels of brown fat than thinner people. Head Hei Sook Sul said: "This protein could become an important for research into the treatment and of obesity." She said that increasing the of this protein could lead to weight even if people eat the same amount of food.

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