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3 Ways Cryotherapy Helps Weight Loss

With a busy schedule and only 24 hours in a day weight loss seems like a daunting task, finding time to focus on your body and your health can often be daunting. And sometimes, even with a healthy diet and consistent exercise, you may discover that your progress has plateaued. If any of this sounds familiar to you then maybe you should consider whole body cryotherapy.

In one month you can reasonably anticipate losing 8 to 10 pounds if you follow a pretty strict plan. Losing one pound of body fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories.

To lose two pounds per week, you must drop 1,000 calories per day.

Weight Loss vary’s greatly from person to person-obviously if you’re trying to lose more weight it’s going to take a longer time over all and you’re going to need more Cryotherapy Sessions.

3 Ways Cryotherapy Will Accelerate Weight Loss:

First Things First:

A large amount of the Benefits of Cryotherpy result from the release of a Hormone called Norepinephrine, it's a "Fight or Flight" Hormone responding to the extreme temperatures in order to keep you alive. While in the Cryochamber your body generally doubles to Triples (increases by 200%-300%) the amount of Norepinephrine in your Brain & Body, and this result is consistent, even if you did Cryotherapy every single day for 12 weeks straight, your body will still secrete this Hormone.


Because it's a Must.

Your body can't survive in the extreme temperatures of Cryotherapy without the Hormonal Reaction of the Body.

It should also be noted that your body is an interconnected organism, and no one thing can happen without effecting another - sometimes (if not most times) causing a chain reaction of event, and often times it requires a combination of important Nutrients or reactions to receive the Benefit of stored vitamins, amino acids, etc.

A simple example would be the relationship between Insulin & Glucose, which provide you with Energy - It's actually Insulin that Uses Glucose, so you can't have one, without the other.

That Being Said lets look at the Benefits of Norepinephrine and some of the other ways Cryotherapy Aids in Weight Loss!

1. Transform “Bad” Fat into “Good” Fat:

Our bodies have two types of fat, brown fat and white fat. White fat is what we all want to get rid of, it gathers around your waist thighs, and arms. This is what we refer to as “bad” Brown fat on the other hand is denser and in small pockets around your body.

It’s refereed to as “Brown” Because it’s Mitochondria Dense, and Mitochondria Iron Dense, giving it it’s Brown Color.

Mitochondria is known as “The Power House of the Cell” and is responsible for breaking down Fats into usable Energy.

Brown Fats are generally kept as emergency reserves for “Fight or Flight” response situations, such as Cryotherapy.

Norepinephrine causes Mitochondria in tissue to become actived through UCP1, which basically freaks your Mitochondria out, because Mitochondria is kind of like a battery – it’s Charged. it has a negative charge on the inside and a positive charge on the outside.

UCP1 uncouples that charge.

This is important because that charge signals to your body that it has energy, so when it’s gone, your body thinks it has no energy, and starts making more – by ramping up your fat metabolism, and your body starts to make more Mitochondria.

In just 10 Cryotherapy Sessions your Body can increase the amount of Mitochondria you have by as much as 38%

This is a natural adaption of your body to the cold temperatures, similar to how when you use a muscle, it becomes stronger.

So basically, your body is more easily able to break down fat with Cryotherapy use, keep you warmer, and more energetic.

It’s also worth noting that shivering is another response to the cold intended to keep you warm, the muscles contract and produce heat, however it’s very inefficent compared to the Metabolism, so while you might shiver like crazy during your first session, or two, your body will eventually stop in favor of the more efficient Metabolism.

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2. Kickstart your Metabolism:

In addition to the higher resting Caloric Burn you’ll achieve through Cryotherapy, your body will also burn between 500-800 Calories each time you use the Cryochamber.

The outer layer of your skin will drop as low as 32 F, and other places of your body will drop to varying degree’s (your internal organs of course will stay the same temperature).

It takes your Body 75-90 Minutes to Warm you back up to full temperature

The 500-800 Calories is simply the  cost of Heat/Energy to warm up your body

This forces your body each time to jump start your metabolism and make this sacrifice in order to keep you warm and operational

Think 500-800 calories doesn’t sound like much?

Cryotherapy can help burn as many calories as doing any of these activities:

  • 60 Minutes of Jump Roping
  • 60 Minutes of Running at 5.5mph
  • 96 Minutes of Cycling at 10mph

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3. Reduced Stress & Better Sleep

We Mentioned Earlier that an increase of Mitochondria and the Kickstarting of your Metabolism would aid in Energy Productin

In addition to this,  your blood moves to the core to protect your vital organs and is replenished with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. When the 3-minute session is over, the newly oxygenated blood is released back to the rest of your body. The increase in Oxygen, Nutrients and Enzymes, Helps the body work at 100% and promotes better sleep after each treatment, which leads to less fatigue during the day.

We also mentioned that Norepinephrine is increased 2-3 fold (200%-300%) in the Brain and Body during Cryotherapy as a “Fight or Flight” response to the extreme cold

Well Norepinephrine is huge in increased Alertness & Vigilance, Enhances formation and retrieval of memory and focused attention (regeneration of synapse).

In Short, it helps learning, Focus, and makes you feel good

We mention this because losing weight often requires focus and dedication, and is usually coupled with hunger, leaving you a little cranky

Norepinephrine will help you remain steadfast in your goals, and alleviate some of the pressure/stress.

Conclusion: Cryotherapy for Weight Loss

Basically, you get a boosted metabolism, Sleep & Manage Stress Better, & you get the equivalent of an hour of running on a treadmill (500-800 Calories Burned) in just 3 minutes in the Cryochamber-although you wont get some of the other benefits like stronger legs or lungs, you will get the benefits of increased hormone production and blood flow.

Ultimately Cryotherapy Treatment Frequency will vary greatly, if you’re looking to lose 8 pounds in a month, that’s very reasonable – and Cryotherapy will GREATLY aid you in getting there.

But keep in mind that while 500-800 calories is a lot, it’s far from all you have to do to lose weight. You will still need to engage in healthy eating and proper sleep habits, as you’ll still need to be at a calorie deficit, and you’ll still need to keep stress under control to lose weight, Cryotherapy aids in Sleep & Stress Management, but it’s up to you to deliver!

Kelly Edwards Dropped a Dress Size in a Month with Cryotherapy

Obesity was improved during Cryotherapy studies, but did not meet the established ideal of 3% to 5% weight loss per month. It is worth noting, however, that they lost weight without any change to their exercise or diet during the study period. It has been suggested that a human may use up 800 calories during and in recovery from a WBC session. WBC may therefore be a beneficial adjunct therapy to a weight loss regimen. With increased treatment frequency, WBC may be useful as a primary treatment for obesity.

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