We all have our own reasons for working out. For many of us, it’s a stress reliever. For others it’s stressful to even think about going to the gym and being around a bunch of sweaty people in tight clothes. Regardless of your reason, almost all of us have a similar goal. We want less body fat and want to look better both with our clothes on and off.
A solid training plan, good nutrition and enough sleep are three things that drive these body changes. Those are very important aspects of your health but what if I told you that there was an x-factor to accelerate fat loss? What if you could burn the same amount of calories as running 4-6 miles in just 3 minutes? I know, it sounds too good to be true but it’s not. It’s Whole Body Cryotherapy.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is essentially a cold exposure session for the body that lasts 3 minutes. You stand in a tube and liquid nitrogen gas is released at temperatures as low as -200 degrees fahrenheit. I know, it doesn’t sound like fun but it’s ten times easier to tolerate than a cold shower or an ice bath. Not only that but you get some astounding body results from it!
Because of the extreme cold exposure and rapid change in skin temperature, your body has an interesting response. The body produces heat internally to warm itself back up. This process is called cold thermogenesis.
Before we get into how to use whole body cryotherapy to help with fat loss, let’s talk about fat itself. Fat, also known as adipose tissue can be either white or brown. White fat is the fat you think about that you’d love to get rid of. The stuff that accumulates around your waist, thighs and arms. Brown fat on the other hand is something completely different. Brown fat is more dense, it’s full of energy/heat producing cells and it helps regulate our metabolism.
So, white fat bad, brown fat good! How do you get more brown fat? One of the ways that has been shown to increase brown fat is cold exposure like Whole Body Cryotherapy. This has been shown to help convert white fat into brown fat. It’s also been shown to increase your metabolism by as much as 350%.
We’ve even seen some interesting results with our patients that had no intentions of losing fat. Recently, I had a 40 year old female come in for an ankle sprain she sustained playing tennis. As part of her treatment plan we recommended she try and do cryotherapy 1-2x per week. She was really motivated to get better and actually came in 3x a week to do Whole Body Cryotherapy.
We didn’t mention anything to her about the fat loss effect that can come from regular Whole Body Cryotherapy exposure. At her last Physical Therapy visit about 4 weeks later, she stated that her tennis skirts were feeling more loose around her waist/hips. I explained the reasoning behind why she may have lost weight while doing Whole Body Cryotherapy. She was ecstatic and said she had been trying to lose weight in those areas since she had given birth to her last child three years ago.
When we look at the pure caloric output that you get from a bout of Whole Body Cryotherapy, it’s easy to see why weight loss occurs. One bout of Whole Body Cryotherapy has been shown to burn between 500 and 800 calories. That’s a lot of calories that get burned for standing in a tube for 3 minutes!
That many calories is equivalent to running for 40-60 minutes at a 10 minute mile pace.
I don’t know about you but I just got really hungry!
Now, let’s assume you didn’t eat those delicious foods that I just referenced. Each time you did Whole Body Cryotherapy you’re burning that extra 500-800 calories. If you did that twice a week that’s 1000-1600 calories a week. If you did that for a month that’s 4000-6400 extra calories burned off!
Your body requires 3500 extra burned calories to lose a pound of body fat. That means that just adding in Whole Body Cryotherapy twice a week would help you burn an extra 1-2 pounds of body fat a month! Throw a good nutrition and exercise plan in with it and you’ve got a recipe for some serious body changes in a very positive way.
Every year I work with hundreds of people in the Decatur and Atlanta area. Our goal is to get a plan together on how they can come back from an injury and get back in shape. For many of them, they just want to look better in a bathing suit. They want to feel more confident and comfortable in their own clothes. They’re also busy and their time is very valuable. They’re just like you and I can’t think of a better return on your 3-minute investment than what you’ll get from Whole Body Cryotherapy.
Give us a call and schedule an introductory session of Whole Body Cryotherapy. Even better come in with a friend and try it together. This is the missing link to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
-Dr. Danny Matta DPT
Athletes’ Potential is the first and only Whole Body Cryotherapy center in the Decatur Georgia area. Our goal is to help you achieve your health and fitness goals and believe that if you have a body, you’re an athlete.
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