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How Does Cryotherapy Burn Fat?

Everyone wants to know how this works! Cryotherapy is a new concept for most people and knowledge on how and why cryotherapy can activate weight and fat loss is not readily available. 

The human physiological response to cold can actually elicit mechanisms that activate fat loss. Cryo fat burning in conjunction with dieting and exercise can improve the speed at which humans lose weight. There are two main mechanisms in which our body responds to cold stress that can cause increased metabolism.

  1. Shivering Thermogenesis

  2. Non-Shivering Thermogenesis

Shivering thermogenesis is your body’s response to the cold– shivering is rapid involuntary muscular contractions that produce heat as a byproduct. This involuntary movement helps to warm the body in order to protect the vital organs. 

Shivering thermogenesis burns a lot of calories and can be an important component of weight loss from cryotherapy. The caloric burn associated with shivering thermogenesis is similar to the effects of cardiovascular exercise—so it’s a great option for people who cannot


Non-Shivering thermogenesis is the more interesting and promising path to weight loss. Before we get into the way it works, it is important to understand what types of fat our body produces. There are two types of human fat:

  1. White Adipose Tissue (WAT) or white fat

  2. Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) or brown fat

White fat is everyone’s most dreaded enemy because it tends to pile up around the waist, lower back, neck, and thighs and is the most challenging to eliminate. White fat actually stores energy and is not metabolically active.

Brown fat is good fat because it is metabolically active and helps to generate heat to keep our bodies warm when exposed to extreme cold. Brown fat has more mitochondria than white fat.