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Does shivering cause you to lose more calories than normal?

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Dr. Matthew Gold
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In brief: Yes.

Shivering most often is in reaction to exposure to cold external temperatures.
The shivering is a reflection of twitching muscles, whose function is to generate heat via increasing their metabolism. Calories are a measurement of heat, though common usage of the term refers to the energy/potential heat content of food substances. Metabolism involves in effect a slow 'burning' of the food.

In brief: Yes.

Shivering most often is in reaction to exposure to cold external temperatures.
The shivering is a reflection of twitching muscles, whose function is to generate heat via increasing their metabolism. Calories are a measurement of heat, though common usage of the term refers to the energy/potential heat content of food substances. Metabolism involves in effect a slow 'burning' of the food.
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