Cryotherapy and weight loss: how and why does it work?

Multiple Hollywood stars swear by this treatment and have been spotted using cryotherapy as part of their wellness and beauty routine. Whole-body cryotherapy involves entering a whole body chamber and exposing your body to subzero temperatures for a few minutes. It is used by spas and wellness centers across the world, but also by medical professionals to speed up recovery, boost metabolism, reduce injury pain, joint and muscle pain. But it is not just the health benefits that made this treatment famous! Whole body cryotherapy can also help recover after a workout, boost energy levels, and even speed up your weight loss!

One important thing to keep in mind is that cryotherapy is not the cause of weight loss. That it, weight loss from cryotherapy does not happen simply because you walk into a cryotherapy chamber. As you walk into a freezing cryo chamber, your body’s first natural reaction is to start working faster to warm itself in response to the instant temperature drop. As a result of this, cryotherapy helps you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism and increasing the rate at which your body burns calories. 

After your cryotherapy session, you burn up to 800 calories during the rest of the day. And this effect is not new – previous studies have shown higher rates of calories’ burn for people who expose their bodies to cold temperatures. For example, a study published by The Journal of Clinical Investigation confirmed that people who spent time in extremely cold temperatures burned more calories during a six weeks period than those who did not stay in cold temperatures. Another study came to a similar conclusion when comparing people who slept in colder temperatures to those who slept in warmer room temperatures. While those who slept in colder rooms did not experience any changes in weight and body composition, they had a 10% boost in metabolic rate. 

Just be careful –  some people report experiencing an increase in appetite right after their cryotherapy session, so don’t forget about a healthy diet and lifestyle. How you feel during and after your whole body cryotherapy Dubai session depends on a lot of factors such as your health, body composition and fitness levels. While cryotherapy can help you lose weight, it is not going to be the main cause of your weight loss, but it can definitely become a complementary treatment for an update to your weight loss and fitness routine!

Book your session now at UCRYO and try for yourself. 

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