First up: an update. Avoiding fruit is hard! It’s amazing how often I turn to sweet flavours first thing in the morning or after a meal to cleanse my palate! I frequently test my blood sugar just for interests sake. But it never fluctuates much, and decreasing my sugar intake hasn’t changed that… either my body is a machine at regulating my blood glucose levels or my equipment is out of whack. Perhaps it’s time to buy a different blood glucose meter and see if my results are any different!
Famed for their usefulness in preventing injuries, particularly after long runs, but is there more to their health effects?
Recent studies have implicated the effects of cold exposure on increasing metabolism. This study implicated exercising in the cold as a mechanism for increased fat loss.
Because of my education I have access to some of the best articles available, however I am not able to link to them since they are only accessible via a username and password. It’s tough for me to write and not be able to back up what I’m saying with scientific literature. Regardless, I have to remind myself that this isn’t a scientific paper and it’s alright to relax a bit! Since I first read about cold exposure for fat loss in Ferriss’ book, I can tell you that his book is chocked full of references for your perusal if you so desire!
Basically, it has been shown that humans have an amount of brown adipose tissue in their bodies which aid in the fat burning process. This fat is believed to be activated during cold exposure. So what constitutes cold exposure?
It’s pretty simple: ice baths, cold water showers, drinking cold water (especially on an empty stomach), underdressing for the weather (keep your extremities covered!), or even placing a cold ice pack on your upper neck for short periods of time.
I haven’t seen as much literature to back up this theory as I would like, but it is intriguing none the less.
Have you ever tried cold-therapy or know of anyone who has?