Here's where you should really keep your thermostat set at all winter long.

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Although you may feel like you’re doing your figure and your wallet a favour by keeping the temperature low on your thermostat during the winter, think again!

According to a recent study by the University of Sterling’s Behavioural Science Centre in Scotland, there is a direct link between higher temperatures indoors and lower levels of body fat. The study involved 100,000 adults and took researchers 13 years to chart. The most comfortable temperature where we are neither hot nor cold, is 20 to 23 degrees C.

According to Dr. Michael Daly, a senior lecturer at the university, “at temperatures warmer than this we eat less and expend more energy because our appetite is suppressed.”

So before you think about going on a diet to shed some pounds, start by turning the heat up instead!