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Can Cold Exposure Help You Lose Weight?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Hello everyone! I came across some good info on cold exposure (this one summarizes it pretty well: http://healthdivas.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/can-cold-exposure-help-you-slim-down.html )

But I haven't tried this yet. Does it REALLY work????

Feedback (and actual numbers) from experience only, please!

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:42 PM

nice! thank you, Joanna. Have you tried this though?

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Thanks, P M MC. I must say, when I exercise in the chilly weather, I feel quite invigorated. In fact, I prefer it to exercising during the hot summer days. But you are right in that extreme cold temperature is not ideal either. Cool temperature is perhaps a better option. Even when I take a studio class, say spinning, I rather they blast the airco than asphyxiate in the heat of a hot room. Again, it depends on each person's goals. Fat loss? or athletic performance? For instance, athletes like Bolt thrive in the heat, and the likes of Phelps in the cold!

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Hi Acumen - thanks for the link, love that blog. Good question about the eskimos. I confess I haven't done any research on them to determine their lean/fat mass ratio when in their natural habitat. What I do know, is that I had a freezing cold bath for 30 mins yesterday (trust me, it hurts!) and afterwards prepared dinner... I would say I ate half the calories I usually have. There's some pretty solid peer reviewed research on the leptin release when exposed to cold + increased leptin sensitivity. Probably that explains it. Have you tried cold thermogenesis yourself?

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Hi Shari - Thanks for your comment. Like many people here, I am a blogger with a passion for fitness and nutrition, just like yourself (I like your facebook page by the way). I have just started running self experiments on cold thermogenesis and I do have a genuine interest in collecting more data and stats from those in our paleohacks community that may be doing the same. I am hopeful!

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on November 14, 2012
at 03:57 AM

Why have you not been banned from this site? Every question you ask is only asked to drive traffic to your own webstie.

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:30 PM

I doubt anyone can speak from experience unless they spent time in a metabolic chamber, outside of that they are not speaking from experience because there are myriad other factors that go into weight loss other than temperature, absent the metabolic chamber it is impossible to isolate the factor.

We can speak of established, scientific facts. It is a fact that if you walk a mile in 20 degrees, you burn more calories than if you walk a mile in 60 degrees. It is also a fact that if you walk a mile in 90 degrees, you burn more calories than if you walk a mile in 60 degrees. Regulating body temperature requires energy, and energy expenditure burns calories, so the more extreme the temperature in either direction, the more calories you burn.

Our bodies are more efficient at certain temperatures than they are at others, this is true for warm-blooded animals as well as cold-blooded animals and plants.

So you could expose yourself to extreme temperatures in an effort to lose more weight, the problem here is that it is harder to sustain physical activity in an extreme temperature, so you will probably respond by decreasing your physical activity, and it will be a wash at best.

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Thanks, P M MC. I must say, when I exercise in the chilly weather, I feel quite invigorated. In fact, I prefer it to exercising during the hot summer days. But you are right in that extreme cold temperature is not ideal either. Cool temperature is perhaps a better option. Even when I take a studio class, say spinning, I rather they blast the airco than asphyxiate in the heat of a hot room. Again, it depends on each person's goals. Fat loss? or athletic performance? For instance, athletes like Bolt thrive in the heat, and the likes of Phelps in the cold!

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on November 13, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Suppversity.com has a good write up about cold thermogenis. Sorry don't have the exact link but if I remember it came out to an extra 70calories burn for the 120 mins in the cold.

From link you posted:

" Reduced Food Cravings and Overeating"

Then why are eskimos fat & a family of 4 can chow down a whole seal?

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Hi Acumen - thanks for the link, love that blog. Good question about the eskimos. I confess I haven't done any research on them to determine their lean/fat mass ratio when in their natural habitat. What I do know, is that I had a freezing cold bath for 30 mins yesterday (trust me, it hurts!) and afterwards prepared dinner... I would say I ate half the calories I usually have. There's some pretty solid peer reviewed research on the leptin release when exposed to cold + increased leptin sensitivity. Probably that explains it. Have you tried cold thermogenesis yourself?

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on November 14, 2012
at 02:59 AM

this topic was on the Dr. Oz show yesterday. the doctor on it claims being outside in the cold burns more calories and also sleeping naked.

B1d8e7b7d0f8ed80e4892e93c717aa3f

on November 14, 2012
at 06:42 PM

nice! thank you, Joanna. Have you tried this though?

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on November 13, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Maybe... but I don't see this as enough reason to start camping in the fridge. Personally, I think it's best to focus on the big-ticket items instead of micromanaging minutiae or confusing yourself on wacky hacks.

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on November 13, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Being uncomfortable and stressed out burns calories. There are better ways to manage your weight.

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