Even the best diet and exercise plans can fail when it comes to losing stubborn fat. There is always some place where fat tends to persist no matter what you try. But there’s no need to lose hope. There’s a new solution that is safe and effective: cryotherapy.
How Your Body Responds to Cryotherapy
To lose fat, you need to increase your body’s metabolic rate. Exposure to cold does this, as your body starts reacting in an attempt to warm itself. There are two types of response that can lead to increased metabolism. They are called shivering thermogenesis and non-shivering thermogenesis.
Shivering thermogenesis is when your body reacts to cold by making involuntary contractions of the muscles. These shivers are intended to produce heat to warm your body and keep your vital organs safe. The rapid movement of the muscles burns calories, working much the same way as cardiovascular exercise. In fact, cryotherapy can burn up to 800 calories per session in this way.
Non-shivering thermogenesis acts very differently — it works by converting white fat into brown fat. White fat is the most stubborn of all fat. It tends to build up around the waist and hips, creating love handles and belly fat. Although white fat stores energy, it is metabolically inactive. Brown fat, on the other hand, is metabolically active. This means it is able to generate heat when the body is cold.
Cryotherapy causes the body to release of norepinephrine at as much as five times the normal rate. This hormone causes white fat to convert into brown fat. You are therefore able to remove fat deposits from your thighs, abdomen, lower back, and buttocks.
As you receive more cryotherapy treatment, the effects of non-shivering thermogenesis become more pronounced. At a maximum, it can cause you to burn 300 calories per day in between sessions. This allows you to lose up to 2 pounds per month just with cryotherapy. Weight loss is even greater when you combine it with diet and exercise.
Other Ways Cryotherapy Works
Increasing metabolism is just one-way cryotherapy promotes the loss of stubborn fat. In addition, cryotherapy has an impact on other body functions, ultimately leading to more weight loss. For instance, exposure to cold temperatures increases energy and reduces fatigue, giving you the push you need to exercise. It also improves blood circulation and muscle tone, both of which contribute to massive weight loss.
Finally, cryotherapy improves sleep quality, helping you to avoid a compromised immune system. This is important because a compromised immune system can cause weight gain, among other problems.
For cryotherapy to be successful for losing stubborn fat, you need to work with professionals who know how to deliver the treatment in a way that will activate the mechanisms that lead to weight loss. Choose a spa with medically-trained professionals who can also provide you with advice on how to combine cryotherapy with lifestyle changes for optimal results.
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