Can ice baths/showers help burn fat?

Posted: March 21, 2016 in Fat Burning, fitness
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Perhaps you have heard of the supposed benefits of ice baths, if not the claims are pretty incredible. The claims are that they can help you lose fat in the area a four pounds per week, help detox and speed up recovery from training.

So are these claims realistic?

When it comes to burning fat using ice baths, my experience is that the result is negligible.

Where I feel the true benefits of ice baths lie is in between your ears.

When you subject yourself to something this uncomfortable you are first and foremost programming a message to yourself that this is important to you. This kind of thing builds resilience and the kind of attitude needed to make progress in other areas of your life.

It is also a good opportunity to practice focussing on something other than the pain, much like meditation. This also has additional benefits in life, certainly where fitness is concerned as strong focus can lead to better and more efficient time in the gym.

I do believe there are benefits as far as recovery which may lead to a greater ability to increase your training volume, thus accelerating your progress.

So if you are considering this for your program I think you can find great benefits in doing it safely; just make sure to manage your expectations.

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