The act of exposing yourself to the cold and feeling the cold and, gritting your teeth through the discomfort. It actually does appear to burn fat in an attempt to warm the body, and may carry some health benefits.
Cold Exposure is most often used for
Cold exposure is a technique in which a person voluntarily expose themselves to temperatures below their comfort level. This voluntary deviation from the body's ideal temperature causes reactions in the body to maintain the internal temperature; some of these reactions are increased metabolic rate to produce heat, which results in weight loss.
The benefits seen are long term (adaptive), and thus not likely to occur with one or two isolated ventures. They are directly proportional (to a degree) to the variance between comfort level temperature and the temperature one partakes in.
- Non-shivering thermogenesis
- Heat Treatment
Benefits have been seen at 6°C degrees below comfort level, which is typically 16°C (60.8 ºF).
Greater metabolic losses are seen with greater intensities of cold exposure.
When you lower your core body temperature, you can increase the number of calories you burn, but it may also lead you to eat more.