BulletProof-Dave Asprey on Cryotherapy for Weight Loss

Cryotherapy for weight loss

Your body responds to extreme cold by increasing your metabolism to heat up your body, which in turn burns fat through a process called cold thermogenesis. Cryotherapy can increase your metabolic rate by up to 350%.[4]

Shivering causes hormonal changes that trigger the production of brown fat, which, unlike normal fat tissue, doesn’t burn many calories throughout the day. Brown fat is the good fat, which generates heat to keep our bodies warm, and is activated when exposed to extreme cold. You’re basically hacking your own metabolism, as active brown fat is more common in lean people than in those who are overweight. Shivering increases the level of a hormone called irisin, which triggers brown fat production the same way exercise does.[5]

If you’re already exercising, you could get extra impact from shivering if you’re trying to lose weight, although more studies need to be done.

With the impacts to your body composition, skin, and hair, a few cold showers a week is worth a few minutes of discomfort. Start with as little as 30 seconds, and work your way up.

If you’re willing to try cold showers or cryochambers, you’ll love experimenting with the tips and hacks we send each week.

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