Cryotherapy, a form of cold therapy that involves exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, has become a popular way to support weight loss efforts. But how exactly does cryotherapy work and what research supports its ability to burn calories and promote weight loss? Let’s explore.
How does cryotherapy help with weight loss?
Cryotherapy triggers the body’s natural response to cold, causing it to boost metabolism and burn more calories to maintain body temperature. Additionally, cryotherapy can help improve circulation and reduce inflammation and water retention, which can contribute to weight gain. Furthermore, cryotherapy can also reduce stress, which has been linked to overeating and weight gain.
What else can it do?
While research on the calorie-burning effects of cryotherapy is limited, some studies suggest that it can help increase metabolism and burn calories. One study found that a single session of cryotherapy can increase metabolism by up to 800 calories for up to 24 hours after treatment.
Another study showed that participants who underwent three minutes of whole-body cryotherapy three times a week for eight weeks lost an average of 1.5 inches from their waistlines and saw a decrease in body fat percentage.
It’s important to note that while cryotherapy can support weight loss efforts, it is not a miracle cure. To see lasting results, it should be combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Cryotherapy can be an effective tool to support weight loss by boosting metabolism, reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and reducing stress. But just like anything: consistency is key!
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