Not all fat is created equal. Understanding the different types of fat in your body and how they react to environmental stimuli can be the key to achieving long-term fat loss.
There are two main types of body fat: brown fat and white fat.
When you think of the lumpy, squishy areas of your body that you are trying to thin and tone, you are thinking about white fat. White fat is subcutaneous fat that is passive. It serves an important role in the body because it stores energy for later use. It also produces leptin, a hormone that signals satiety. Ironically, the more fat you have, the more leptin your produce. This was very important to people back when food was scarce, and it was important to be able to store calories for later use. However, in modern times, with food readily available, most of us do not use our white fat stores for their intended purposes and we just gain more weight.
Unlike white fat, brown fat is metabolically active. What that means is that brown fat actually burns calories, which can reduce your body’s storage of white fat.
So, when you are looking at weight loss and fat loss, what you really want to concentrate on is losing white fat. Whole body cryotherapy has been shown to help convert white fat to brown fat. This increases your body’s overall metabolic rate, which can result in a long-lasting calorie burning effect.
That is on top of the energy-boost that your metabolism gets during your short cryotherapy treatment. A three-minute treatment burns 500 to 800 calories, as your brown fat works to protect your body from exposure to cold and retain your body heat. So, regular cryotherapy could help with weight loss because it helps create the calorie deficit you need to burn white fat.
Another way that cryotherapy helps aid weight loss is through leptin production. Leptin is a hormone that signals satiety to your brain. Cryotherapy stimulates leptin production. This results in being able to eat less without feeling hungry.
Will cryotherapy be your weight loss miracle? Of course, not. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet that will solve all of your struggles with weight. However, it can be a very effective tool to help you optimize your weight loss routine or aid you with weight management. All of its little benefits add up to increase your chances of successfully reaching and staying at a healthy weight.