Cryotherapy for Weight Loss
If fast weight loss seems like an impossible dream, you may want to learn more about cryotherapy. The practice of voluntarily entering a freezing chamber wearing very little clothing is gaining popularity. It’s not a new type of therapy, but a raised awareness of cryotherapy’s power to help boost weight loss and increase feelings of well-being create a high demand for the treatment.
Originally used in Japan for the most serious cases of rheumatoid arthritis, whole body cryotherapy is thought to reduce inflammation and trigger a survival response in the human body that increases blood flow and releases endorphins.
For two to three minutes, you’ll relax in the 210-degree-Fahrenheit chamber. During this time, capillaries expand, increasing blood flow. This allows white blood cells easier access to injuries. Although the head and neck are not immersed in the chamber, many people who undergo cryotherapy find that it improves their skin’s texture and elasticity due to the overall increased blood flow.
One cryotherapy session lasts only a few minutes, core temperature stays the same, while the surface of the skin drops severely. However, after the session, the body pumps blood from the core to increase the skin’s temperature. This leaves cryotherapy users with a whole-body warming sensation that is energizing and centering.
How cryotherapy works to promote weight loss
Whole-body cryotherapy has other potential benefits that reach beyond the reduction of inflammation and super-charged recovery rates after hard exercise. The endorphins leave cryotherapy users with a boost in mood that lasts for days.
During and after a cryotherapy session, the brain produces more adrenaline and norepinephrine, which may translate to a huge and nearly immediate calorie burn. Some proponents of this treatment say a single session burns up to 800 calories during the hours immediately following a cryotherapy session. That’s equivalent to a 45-minute run for most people. Weight loss goals usually include a plan to reduce or burn 500 calories per day.
The difference between cryotherapy and an inflammation-reducing ice bath (popular among athletes after training sessions) is that the cryotherapy chamber is dry. The cold air penetrates the skin to a depth of less than one-half of a millimeter, so unless you are wearing damp clothing or recently put lotion on your skin, there’s virtually zero chance of frostbite or other side effects.
Aside from the 800-calorie burn, cryotherapy offers a boost of energy that helps people stay on top of their exercise regime. The ability to heal faster from a taxing workout and get back on a schedule is important when a big part of the weight loss journey depends on regular physical activity.
Increased athletic performance is a benefit that can help people struggling to lose weight. At certain points during weight training and cardio exercise plans, fatigue can be a powerful distraction. Cryotherapy helps people struggling with a weight loss plateau regain momentum by temporarily boosting metabolism rates and helping muscles recover faster from strenuous exercise.
Other benefits of cryotherapy
Staying in good physical shape is challenging for many people. In addition to facing time and energy constraints, it can be discouraging to experience a weight loss plateau or suffer an injury.
Cryotherapy has many benefits, and some of them contribute to weight loss directly. Just two to three minutes in a cryotherapy chamber can increase your heart rate slightly for up to six hours. The body’s response to drastically reduced skin temperatures is cold thermogenesis, which speeds metabolism and burns fat.
The treatments can also improve collagen, making skin look and feel firmer and more toned.
One of the secrets to weight loss is getting enough sleep. Sticking to a healthy eating plan and finding the energy to exercise is more difficult when you are exhausted. Cryotherapy improves sleep habits, which is crucial to getting a good night’s rest.
Just one session boosts serotonin levels, which can relieve some of the symptoms of depression. It also helps to improve mental clarity and flushes toxins from the body.
Add cryotherapy to your weight loss plan
Post-treatment, the spikes in energy can provide much-needed inspiration. For the most consistent results, combine regular cryotherapy sessions with a healthy eating and consistent exercise plan.
For most people, it’s safe to schedule a cryotherapy session everyday. Most users report great results with ten sessions in the first two weeks. The increased metabolic rate may last longer between sessions after repeating the process several times. The cumulative effect of this calorie burn may be a powerful addition to a weight loss plan. Cryotherapy also helps to sculpt the body as you lose excess weight. If you’ve ever been discouraged because you couldn’t see a difference in how your clothes fit even though the numbers on the scale decreased, cryotherapy may help alleviate those concerns.
Cryotherapy can be a wonderful addition to a health and fitness plan when your ultimate goal is losing weight and keeping it off for good. You’ll need guidance on your cryotherapy journey, and it’s important to choose a location with certified personnel on staff that can help you decide if this groundbreaking therapy is right for you.
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