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Make Winter Bearable With Hibernation Survival Tips

Learn seasonal tricks from the furry forest dwellers on how to help lose weight and tone up

How to Hibernate

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Hibernating bears do a lot of shivering, which preserves muscle tone. Similarly, human fidgeting can burn 350 calories a day.

Embrace hyperphagia, or overeating

Instead of feasting on holiday treats, act like a bear and grab pawfuls of nuts and berries. They’ll tune up your brain and immune system.

Lose weight faster 

Bears’ winterlong fasting helps them lose about 20 percent of their pudge. Your variation: intermittent fasting. Eat only during an eight-hour window each day. 

Shake it off

Dave Garshelis, a bear expert with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, notes that hibernating bears do a lot of shivering, which preserves muscle tone. Similarly, human fidgeting can burn 350 calories a day. And a Japanese study showed that setting the thermostat at 62 degrees impacts your metabolism and could cause significant fat loss in six weeks. Hey, Boo Boo, spring is just around the corner!

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