How can standing in a chamber with sub-zero temperatures like in Antarctica without a parka help you on a journey to weight loss? Read on.
Cryotherapy has been around since the late 1970s when it was first introduced as a treatment for arthritis. Since then, other benefits have been found and have been popular among athletes and stars for sports recovery and beauty.
Cryotherapy decreases inflammation and can reduce chronic pain.
While most people use cryotherapy for pain relief, it has been found to help in weight loss. Weight loss without exercising sounds too good to be true. How does that work? The theory is that your body goes into survival mode when exposed to extreme cold temperatures. This supercharges your metabolism and can burn 500-800 calories in the process since your body has to warm back up and thus burns fat.
Some other facts to consider:
- The metabolic effects last between sessions burning body fat and more when coupled with diet and exercise.
- Cryotherapy weight loss improves blood circulation, increases muscle tone resulting in weight loss.
- Cryotherapy improves sleep. How are sleep and weight loss connected? Studies show that poor sleep compromises the immune system, which contributes to health problems including weight gain and even cancer. As your body gets an extra shot of oxygen in your bloodstream, your body and brain relaxes to have a better night’s sleep thus translating to faster weight loss.
- Cryotherapy weight loss increases energy thus decreasing fatigue. With less fatigue, you will be inspired to follow a work out routine.
These are the cold facts of cryotherapy weight loss. Remember when gauging how much weight you’ve lost, don’t only rely on the scale. Rather use your clothes to judge – how much better do they fit?