Cryotherapy for Weight Loss
If you are looking to shedding some fat, no doubt some have thought about freezing their fat. Who wouldn’t want something like that? After all, many people have made some jaw dropping weight loss claims from this particular trend.
Cryo fans have been raving that through cryotherapy their metabolism gets a boost can can burn upwards of 500 to 800 calories in the span of three minutes.
That’s not too out of the ordinary though after all because of the cold temperatures from the chamber trick your body into thinking it’ll freeze up. This causes your body to enter into a preservation mode. Because of this, the brain will tell the rest of your body to rush blood to core and vital organs for your protection and health.
But in all seriousness, is all of this too good to be true?
Can you lose weight by literally freezing your butt off?
A quick look around at studies and research will certainly lead you to thinking that cold can help in shedding pounds. The big reason that is is because while you are in colder temperatures, your body will be working to increase your internal temperatures by causing you to shiver. Furthermore the body will use other internal processes that’ll help in burning calories.
This was proven in a study that found that people burned more energy when they were placed in a 63 degree (Fahrenheit) room for two hours every day for six weeks versus people who spent time in comfortable room temperature rooms.
There are many other studies that go on to prove that cold can work in this way for us, however there is yet to be scientific evidence behind the whole body cryotherapy process resulting in long-term weight loss. In fact, of the few studies out there that touch on this, one that’s found in the Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity found that if you spend six months of routine cryotherapy, there would be no change in your body mass or your body fat. Even when you match it up with a moderate amount of aerobic exercises. It’s also important to note that the process doesn’t even affect the metabolic rate either.
While all of this sounds like an ineffective method, hold your breath for a moment. A study done and published by Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation found that while there aren’t much changes during the process, it’s after that matters. Patients reported a sort of “high” after use. This came from the fact that your body is releasing endorphins such as norepinephrine (aka fight or flight hormone). The reason this happens is because your body realizes that you are actually in no danger of freezing to death. However because the dosage is so high you are placed in a high state. From this, you may be motivated to do, say a HIIT exercise (High Intensity Interval Training). In other words, this process could help you in revving up the intensity of your exercising which does translate into burning calories.
While all of this sounds nice, this all boils down to how you feel when you are getting out of the chamber. How you feel is all pretty individual. In other words you can’t expect yourself to be 100% energized 100% of the time you get out of a cryotherapy procedure. Instead you may have to try a more traditional method to better burn those calories.
So should you go for it?
At the end of the day it’s up to you what you want to do, much like with all other diet and weight loss decisions. That being said, there is no guarantee that you are going to feel great after every session. Furthermore the FDA warns that there are risks involved.
In some rare cases, individuals have been seriously injured or even died. One particular death is the death of a technician in 2015 who got stuck in a freeze-tank after hours with no one on supervision. They got stuck and died. On the other side, a woman filed a lawsuit after she was the victim of some serious frostbite.
Frostbite is really the only real big risk as most clinics have implemented procedures now to make it safer. Things like limiting the time to two to three minutes and wearing gear over your hands and feet. When this is done correctly, it’s quite safe.
So if you’re going for it, consider having a spotter and making sure you are completely dry when you get in. As of right now there is no tangible proof that the chambers help you in losing weight but who knows. As we are using it more, perhaps science can show us more later.