When combined with a nutritious diet and exercise plan, it is possible to lose weight with cryotherapy. Stepping into a whole body cryotherapy chamber can speed up your metabolism and burn hundreds of calories.
How Does Cryotherapy Promote Weight Loss?
The extreme cold temperatures make your body think it’s in danger and notify your brain that it needs extra blood flow. This increases your body heat and metabolism. After you get out of the cold chamber, your body will have to use a lot of energy to get warm again, helping you burn more calories. The effects of metabolism boost last for up to 24 hours after a session, which means you are on optimal functioning mode without having much to do.
To lose weight with cryotherapy, it’s recommended to book at least 10 sessions over the course of two to three weeks. While not a treatment designed to make you shed those extra pounds, it has its place in your weight management journey.
If you’ve never tried cryotherapy before, the idea of standing in a freezing chamber might sound scary. However, you will only be in the chamber for a few minutes and carefully monitored by a trained staff.
Tips to Prepare for Your First Cryotherapy Session
- Arrive about 15 minutes early. This will give you plenty of time to fill out paperwork and ask any questions you have about the treatment.
- Exercise before your appointment. Whole body cryotherapy will help your muscles recover faster from the workout by reducing inflammation.
- Take a deep breath before entering the cold chamber. It will help calm your nerves.
- Make sure your socks are dry when you step into the cold chamber. Any dampness increases the risk of frostbite.
If you are not quite ready for whole body cryotherapy yet, you can try localized cryotherapy treatments. With these treatments, cold is applied to a specific part of your body, like your legs or arms. It will have the benefit of getting you familiar with the concept and boost your collagen production (i.e. decrease cellulite).