'Cold Dieting' And Cryotherapy: Can 'Cold Shoulder' Vests And Chambers Help You Lose Weight?

Paula Mooney

The hottest "cold" fad in dieting involves indulging in colder temperatures in order to rev up a person's metabolism and burn more fat. 'Cold Dieting' is one of the new trends, reports ABC News, because research has shown that long exposure to cold temperatures can help folks burn extra calories, and therefore lose weight accordingly -- as long as those extra burned calories aren't eaten back in excess via food, or other conditions are present. In that report, products like the Cold Shoulder Calorie Burning Vest that was launched on Kickstarter are profiled, a vest created by a NASA scientist, a project by Dr. Wayne B. Hayes that successfully surpassed its goal.

Google also testifies to the popularity of cryotherapy, with more than 27,000 searches for the term coming into the search engine each month -- outside of those queries about the cold chamber's effect upon warts.

Becky Worley from ABC put plenty of the cold dieting theories to the test, including dipping herself in a plain old bath of ice water. Cold dieting can be had in a number of ways, such as via Cryotherapy, something CNN reports as the new legal doping. Places like KryoLife in New York offer up whole-body cryotherapy treatments — akin to a more modern version of the ice baths that athletes are often seen plunging within -- with cryotherapy representing a three-minute treatment that could burn up to 800 calories, reports New York Magazine. Cryotherapy doesn't necessarily come cheap for all that cold calorie burning. Certain centers charge around $90 for each cryotherapy session and can act as a great weapon in the arsenal of weight loss.

Cryotherapy shops like CryoTherapy Plus are popping up everywhere, from Ohio to California and beyond, with folks who try the practice warning others not to wear wet socks inside the machines, in order to avoid risking the wrath of frost bite like Manny Harris did when he donned wet socks in the cryotherapy chamber at Nike.

But back to Worley's ABC report on cryotherapy. Upon wearing that "Cold Shoulder" vest, the reporter turned to San Francisco State University scientists to determine how many calories she normally burned, then compared that to the amount of calories burned after 20 minutes of wearing the cold shoulder vest. Rising from approximately 1.4 K calories per minute to 1.52 K calories per minute, the calories burned before and after the test proved that the vest enabled a 7 percent or 8 percent increase -- less than the tests that the cold shoulder experts performed and witnessed, which was a 10 percent to 12 percent increase. Either way, with cryotherapy being tested as everything from a lung tumor treatment, as reported by the Inquisitr, to a weight loss addendum, the interest in cryotherapy seems to be on the rise.

[Image of cryotherapy chamber via ABC]