Cold Showers = lose fat?!?!

(jilliangordona) #43

Hi Crystal! I would suggest making a new post with more information about what you’re eating. More people will see it and be able to help!

(Todd Allen) #44

The basic idea is that producing body heat burns calories. If you feel cold that is a sign you aren’t producing much body heat and thus not burning much fat. Shocking the body with extreme cold can force the body to turn on the furnace. It’s worse than awful for a bit but once the furnace turns on it feels great.

(Cristian Lopez) #45

Ik all of the sudden this cold suddenly hits us this year its retarded I thought this was a dessert or something

(Ann Marya) #46

It is being said that the most publicized benefit of cold-water exposure is the metabolic advantage of activating a unique kind of fat tissue known as brown fat. One study found that a 3-hour period of cold exposure burned 250 extra calories through brown fat.

It is very important to have a clean bathroom with proper bath and shower accessories ( ) to take a healthy cold bath. But keep in mind… never take lengthy cold showers as it is dangerous. It can put you at risk of hypothermia. Hypothermia can slow your reflexes, cause muscle weakness and induce fatigue

(Bunny) #47

Awesome splaination!

(Bunny) #48

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Cold Thermogenesis Easy Start Guide

CT training should be done at sunrise or after dinner.

CAUTION: If you have a serious health condition, please consult a medical doctor before beginning a CT regimen. Immediately stop treatment if you experience light-headedness or a pale pink to white coloration of the skin.

Cold Thermogenesis Benefits:
• Lower body fat
• Increase hormone levels
• Reproductive fitness!
• Fertility
• Reverse diabetes
• Cut food cravings
• Kill fat permanently
• Strengthen adrenal function
• Fix thyroid disorder
• Super immune function
• Deep sleep
• Pain management
• Sense of well being and better attitude
• Cut visceral fat first
• Promote cessation of eating disorders

BEFORE every CT session:
• Eat a high fat and/or protein meal

AFTER every CT session:
• Immediately drink 16-32oz of ice cold water. DO NOT drink more than 32oz.

Face Dunking:

What you need: skin thermometer, a timer, ice, and a bathroom sink or larger bowl.

  1. Remove make-up or facial products
  2. Get the water between 50-55 degrees
  3. Dunk your face into the ice water and hold as long as you can
  4. Record time and dunk again
  5. Continue for the next two weeks and work your way to using less breaths
  6. DO NOT let your skin temperature fall below 50-55 degrees

Compression Shirt & Ice:

  1. Lay down flat on your back
  2. Place a 20-40 lbs block of ice on your torso (whilst wearing compression shirt )
  3. Try to extend your time 5 minutes a time until you get to 60 minutes
  4. You will notice your skin is pink to cherry read and numb in places
  5. If you can complete the 60 minutes- remove the compression shirt and place the bag of ice directly on the skin

Note: If you develop cold urticaria at this time, this is a sign you have high levels of tissue and serum omega six content. Stop the experiment and adjust your diet until you have a blood omega six to three ratio that is below 10 to 1 using a ketogenic paleolithic diet.

When you can tolerate the skin being covered for one hour with pink to cherry red skin you’re now ready for the Cold Tub step!

Full Body Immersion with Ice or sit in cold pool or river:

  1. Fill the bathtub with cold tap water
  2. Wear socks, gloves, and a knitted cap to keep the heat in your body
  3. Add 20 lbs of ice to chest and abdomen
  4. When your body is use to the ice you can remove the socks, gloves, and cap
  5. DO NOT let your temperature fall below 50-55 degrees
  6. Stay for 45 minutes
  7. Continue daily 2-5 times a week

Full Body Immersion with NO Ice:

  1. Jump into a pool, lake, or hot tub from the neck down
  2. Stay for 10-20 minutes
  3. Pay attention to skin color

Here is more info on Cold Thermogenesis

Increase Your Brown Fat (BAT) to Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
What if Omega 6's from whole foods are superior while in ketosis and the majority are mistaken?

Ahhhh, cold water bathing in rivers and lakes - is a big part of the majority of human history on the planet. And I’ve imagined it must be really wonderful to follow a hot saunawith running naked in the snow (a Nordic thing) or jumping into ice water (a Russian thing).

A workaround is footbaths at home (I like to use a big roasting pan or giant soup pot). Starting with an icy cold footbath trying to immerse the feet as long as possible for a couple of minutes - followed by a warm footbath for 15-25 minutes (keeping the heat in by having a blanket/towel draped over the lap to the floor, wearing some kind of head covering, and topping up the water to keep it hot by having a kettle within reach close by if needed), followed by cold again for as long as you can stand. Hydrotherapy works wonders, esp dramatically with elders, and the stressed and the sickly. Adding 3-5 drops of plant oils to the hot part of the footbath is also really nice - like Pine, Eucalyptus, Cedar, or Rosemary for invigorating refreshment, Rose or Jasmine for emotional balancing, Lavender for relaxation - to name a few.

Am trying to get better at paying attention to hydrotherapy… finishing up my shower with some cold water - always at least on my head as a final rinse - it’s invigorating. I just drag my feet at the cold shower thing as my showers are one of the luxuries I really love to relax in at night, and not really invigoration-oriented much so far.

A friend recently reminded me that I could incorporate cold-hot-cold footbaths into my weekly schedule, and add plant oils for the warm part - I hope to do that at some point.

Beyond that, there’s also the argument that whole body cold water tightens your skin pores after a hot shower or bath - which can be critical protection if you have to leave the house/spa shortly after bathing, as it protects the nervous system from shocking wind chills. People who don’t do that are even more vulnerable to winter colds and flu apparently - as it’s just one more stress.

Romanian author on ketogenics - Christian Vlad Zot - has a section on cold water therapy related to longevity and some amazing stories along with lots of science, in the excellent book
Periodic Fasting: Repair your DNA, Grow Younger, and Learn to Appreciate your Food

And, very impt to first check the temperature of any immersion pool or water body before you jump. In hotel facilities you may see a smaller immersion pool near a jacuzzi - which is supposed to be for cold/ice immersion after the hot jacuzzi. However they sometimes have thermostats or mechanical problems - and there have been deaths and injuries due to overheated water in what is supposed to be a cold tank.

(Rob) #50

GQ did an article on his diet. Although they don’t put a name to the diet he practices, there are definitely some common factors to LCHF and Keto.

(Pete A) #51

Hot/cold contrast therapy is part of my routine for overall health and vibrancy

(Doug) #52


The benefits of cold showers are a myth. Take a hot shower and you’ll feel good DURING your shower and afterwards.

(Doug) #54

I was in Iowa last November and heard a radio advertisement for some local place selling “cold therapy” - it was laughable; oh, the claims they made.

However, I would not say a total myth, here - if nothing else cold temperatures do stimulate the body in certain ways, and we do burn calories to heat ourselves. Although it’s depressing if one really wants to burn a lot - we’re so darn efficient, there. It’s like “Oh yeah, go ahead and eat that small hamburger - you’ll only have to run 5 miles to burn it off.”

(Shayne) #55

So, does that mean that the fact that I keep my thermostat in the winter at 58F is good for my health as well as the power bill?

(Pete A) #56

There’s science out there how exposure to cold temperatures promotes the building of brown fat. Here’s a sample:


Cold therapy is a real thing! Check out Rhonda Patrick’s work on this if you’re interesting in the science. It’s pretty neat stuff. It’s not for everyone :slight_smile: and by no means am I suggesting you dive in - but cold shower benefits are not a myth!


Kyle, just a note that the research seems to show that cold immersion or showers are fantastic after workouts but only if you wait an hour or so. Immediately after a workout, cold will actually interfere with the inflammation that is the basis of the hormetic stress of exercise. I.e. exercise is a stress on the muscles, and we want that; it’s the repair and recovery from that stress that makes us stronger.

(less is more, more or less) #60

Ahh, good to know, thanks.