You’ve seen all the photos trending on social media: a cryochamber crossed with an old school portable steam sauna. The goal of cryotherapy is to get your body into thermogenesis, which is a metabolic process that encourages your body to burn calories to produce heat.
Though there's not much information available that describes exactly how many calories you can burn in a cryotherapy session, studies have shown that cold thermogenesis substantially increases your metabolic rate. Benefits also include supporting muscle repair, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, and boosting your mood, which might be the only reasons why someone would voluntarily take a plunge into an ice tank or take a freezing cold shower.
Using cold temperatures to reduce fat cells has been a health and wellness trend for years. However, participating in cold fat burning treatments like coolsculpting or cryotherapy can be expensive, costing up to $3000 per problem area or $200 per session. This is without considering the cost of maintenance.
If you’re looking to lose stubborn fat and be healthier, a sustainable way to manage your weight while preserving muscle is to add a thermogenic supplement to your fitness routine. You’ll reap the same benefits without the discomfort or risk from cold exposure, and develop lifestyle habits that will keep you healthy.
The processes for cold thermogenesis and supplemented thermogenesis are a little different but the core concept--raising your internal body temperature to burn off more calories--is the same. Neither form of thermogenesis is a miracle cure, though. Though it encourages a full-body calorie burn, the results are more effective when paired with an effective health and fitness program which ensures you’re not losing valuable muscle mass.