Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or you want to completely transform your body, there’s no doubt you’re looking for an effective way to lose weight. There are dozens of techniques out there that tout to offer real results, the problem is that many of those techniques either offer short-term results or don’t work at all. If you’ve been searching for an effective weight loss strategy, during your research, the term “cryotherapy” has probably come up a few times and piqued your interests; however, you probably have some questions. What is cryotherapy? How does it work? What does it entail? Does it really help you lose weight? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more. Once you’ve finished reading, if you’re interested in learning more or want to give it a try for yourself and you live in the Los Angeles area, contact Muscle Lab, LA’s top muscle recovery and wellness lounge.
What is Cryotherapy?
The term “cryotherapy” refers to using cold temperatures for therapeutic benefits; putting an ice pack on a twisted ankle is technically considered cryotherapy. There are two main types of cryotherapy, including localized and whole body. The former involves using super-chilled temperatures to heal a specific part of the body (like applying ice packs to a twisted ankle), and the latter, as the name suggests, involves exposing the entire body (with the exception of the head) to ultra-low temperatures. While cryotherapy has been used for centuries, whole-body cryotherapy was first introduced in the 1970s. Dr. Yamaguchi, a Japanese doctor, used whole-body cryotherapy as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. He used freezing cold therapy over a short period of time to ease the pain and inflammation of his patients. Based on his findings, Dr. Yamaguchi determined that the rapid and marked reduction of temperature triggered the sudden release of endorphins, which proved to effectively reduce the pain his patients experienced. He presented his findings to the European Congress on Arthritis, notable doctors and scientists continued to advance the research and findings, and found that pain and inflammation reduction weren’t the only benefits that cold therapy provided; they also found that it also offered numerous other benefits, including weight loss.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?
Whole-body cryotherapy (often simply referred to by its acronym “WBC”) involves standing in a tube- like chamber, known as a cryosauna. This chamber features an opening at the top that your head sticks out of, and the rest of your body, from the neck down. As you stand in the chamber, the temperature is rapidly reduced to as low as -300 degrees Fahrenheit. You only remain in the chamber for a few minutes; usually about 3, but no more than 5. Once you step out of the chamber, you reenter room temperature, dress, and go about your day. There’s no downtime involved, and over the course of several hours, the effects of exposure to the extremely cold temperatures continue to take shape.
Cryotherapy and Weight Loss
Given the benefits that WBC provides, in recent years, WBC has been taking the US by chilly storm. Cryotherapy promotes weight loss, as it increases metabolism. During the short duration of time that you are exposed to sub-zero temperatures, your brain will send signals out to the rest of your body to pump more blood to your core in order to insulate and protect the vital organs, and as such, your metabolic rate will increase. When you step out of the chamber, oxygen-rich blood will rush back to the rest of your body, which can increase your immunity, promote pain relief, and even rejuvenate your cells. In order to heat back up to a normal body temperature, your body will have to utilize a substantial amount of energy, further promoting weight loss. For about 8 hours after a Muscle Lab cryotherapy session, you will burn between 2,000 and 3,000 kilojoules (kJ) of energy, which translates to about 500 to 800 calories. When you do the calculations, a 3 minute cryotherapy session is equivalent to approximately 45 minutes of jogging.
The benefits of Cryotherapy for Weight Loss
In regard to weight loss, there’s a lot of evidence that indicates cryotherapy offers a number of benefits. Some of the most notable weight loss benefits include:
- Quickly burns body fat. As mentioned above, exposure to sub-zero temperatures for a short period of time can help you lose upwards of 800 calories. Given the fact that the average session is about 3 minutes, but no longer than 5 minutes, cryotherapy is one of the fastest ways to lose weight.
- Safe weight Loss. As Discussed a 3 minute cryotherapy session is equivalent to 45 minutes of jogging. While there’s no denying that there are benefits associated with jogging, there are some downsides, too; for example, running can result in muscle strain, twisted ligaments, and increases pressure on the joints. With whole-body cryotherapy, however, you won’t have to worry about the physical implications that are associated with a lot of different workouts.
- Longer lasting results. The effects of whole-body cryotherapy can last longer than other weight loss techniques. The metabolic effects that the body experiences post WBC can last anywhere from 8 hours up to several days. Some of Muscle Lab cryotherapy users have said that regular sessions have helped them lose about 5 pounds a month.
- Improved sleep. Sleep has a huge impact on weight loss. That’s because while you’re sleeping, your body is at rest, and when your body is at rest, the cells regenerate, the immune system is strengthened, and believe it or not, burns fat. Cryotherapy oxygenates the blood and release endorphins, which helps to relax the brain and the body, thus promoting better sleep. Start Your Cryotherapy Weight Loss Journey Today! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of whole-body cryotherapy and weight loss, or you want to give it a try for yourself, get in touch with the leading cryotherapy spa in Los Angeles, Muscle Lab! We’re looking forward to helping you achieve your best self.