According to Professor Gary Wittert of The University of Adelaide the trend for us to turn on the air conditioner when we feel cold or hot works against our body's natural processes.
Speaking on ABC Radio Adelaide's 891, he said that this tendency could cause weight gain and he advised healthy individuals to take a walk along a chilly beach for good health.
Professor Gary Wittert said that reaching for the air conditioning control in hot and cold weather can actually stop the body from processing fat.
“It ain't that bad to shiver a little” he said.
“The modern habit of controlling our exposure to cold and hot conditions actually works against our body's natural temperature regulation functions. We are designed to cool down when it is hot and heat up when it is cold, and those processes consume energy."
Humans have a type of fat known as "brown fat", Professor Wittert explained, and when the body responds to heat variations it burns brown fat for energy.
He said for normal, healthy people, exercising in the cooler times of winter was beneficial to stimulating fat cell loss and could actually help those wanting to shed a few kilograms prior to summer.
Mild exposure to temperature variations is quite beneficial for healthy people.