Cryotherapy Is The Latest Celebrity Trend That May Be a Total Waste Of Money
Kylie Perry August 30th 2017 Entertainment
The celebs you follow online, especially the "fitspo" ones, have probably been posting about how wonderful "cryotherapy" is lately. It's definitely a new trend that might have you wondering what it is and whether it's even good for you, and hey, that's why we're here.
Cryotherapy is a fancy word for "cold therapy." Essentially, it involves climbing into a contraption and essentially freezing your body as a way to lose weight. How cold is it exactly? The temperatures reach -270 degrees Fahrenheit!
What's the point? Cryotherapy tricks the body into thinking it's going into hypothermia which helps burn calories and constricts blood vessels. This can help rid the body of excess fluid, and reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, according to Dr. Allison Lind Wiedman.
But it's expensive, and more than a few scientists have questioned how healthy it really is. Read on!
Cryotherapy can burn up to 800 calories in just three minutes
It's no secret that losing weight is hard work. Spending countless hours at the gym, trying to eat right, worrying about cheat days -- it's exhausting. In today's day and age, people don't have time for this, so spending three minutes to tighten up those loose ends sounds like the real deal. And if celebrities are doing it, it has to be good, right? Perhaps putting your body through such extremes would be worth it if weight loss was a guarantee. With the promise that this process can burn up to 800 calories in just three minutes, it could be the weight loss way of the future.
The truth is, however, there's little evidence that proves that Cryotherapy helps people lose weight -- or helps with any kind of chronic pain/inflammation. The whole thing really could be a scam to take your money -- and these sessions aren't cheap, which we'll talk about next.
Cryotherapy can run over $90 per session
Even if Cryotherapy was proven to help people lose weight, the price of each session is super hefty. In fact, many places that offer Cryotherapy charge $1 per second. That means that a 90-second cryo session will cost you $90. Many Cryotherapy sessions last anywhere from 90 seconds to three minutes (we'll let you do the math). Regardless, paying (at least) $90 for no guarantee is a gamble. And it's a cold gamble at that.
The price of Cryotherapy is affordable for the rich and famous -- everyone from Mandy Moore to the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills have tried this fad. The thing is, these people already look great. They don't actually need to spend 90 seconds to freeze their bodies -- but the $90 is like pocket change, so why the heck not give it a whirl? For us common folk, however, it's just not worth it.
Cryotherapy can do more harm than good
Cryotherapy may actually do more harm to your body than good. If you live in an area where there is snow and freezing temperatures, you probably know all about frostbite -- and that can happen when you are fully dressed with a heavy coat, hat, and mittens! Now, imagine going outside in a blizzard wearing just your underwear and then laying down in the snow for three minutes.
In 2011, American sprinter Justin Gatlin suffered frostbite on both of his feet following a Cryo session. "You wake up at 9 o'clock in the morning in Orlando and it's already 90 degrees. So we're already hot, drenched with sweat. Get in the booth, socks were wet, socks froze to me instantly," he told the Associated Press at the time. He ended up with serious wounds that he hoped would heal before his run at the world championships in South Korea. Is it worth it? That's for you to decide.