Actually, it is not a gimmick rather like a trick. This method is being studied as a weight loss method. I have read the four hour body book, and this therapy targets the brown fat, which is more metabolically active than white adipose tissue. In Ferris' book, like another person reported on, you put ice packs on specific parts of your body that have more brown fat, or if you are really masochistic but motivated, immerse yourself in cold bath/ice bath/cold shower. Of course the most important things you need to do is to eat well and workout, but I personally like manipulating the environment to be a little more effective at weight loss. Doing things like this might mean the difference between losing 1 pound a week and 2 pounds, over a year that's a lot! It's the same reason I drink green tea, eat more protein and veggies over carbs, stop eating 3 hours before my bedtime, do my weight training before my cardio, and put my homemade ice packs on my back while watching tv or playing video games with my fiance. Weight loss is pretty easy when I do these things...
1/28/12 8:32 A
I know a guy that subscribes to the "The 4-hour Body" method which uses cold temperatures, bathing in ice water is one of them, to lose weight. I could never do that, but he actually lost 10 pounds on it.
Edited by: SPARKME044 at: 1/28/2012 (08:34)
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7,159 1/28/12 8:15 A
Love to believe this crap, but thin people also die from lifestyle illnesses.. They have a normal or below BMI and just a good resting metabolic rate- yellow fat, brown or even green.. Eat the wrong things thin people also get ill and drop dead too..
No one is excused from eating healthy no one -bottom line I keep being a sceptical reader and switch off the television and dump stupid magazines - I recommend other people should also.. Both media's are itching to earn a buck- they don't care what crap they issue out anymore..
Seems logical to me. I am out side every day running/walking the dog no matter what the weather is
1/27/12 10:39 A
hahaha i like blue jeans response hahaha i know i've actually said the myself i've been outside freezing my behind off and guess what it's still there hahaha that was cute... but yes i couldn't believe that they had that on the evening news, so many dangerous things out there that people try. they don't realize their loved ones would rather have them with extra pounds (getting it off slowly) then not having them around at all... we have to do the work to see the results
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495 1/27/12 10:17 A
Does anyone that wants to attempt this actually think for a moment...dropping your body temp to 39 degrees is suicide. That is reducing your internal temp by 59 degrees!! From Wikipedia:
One of the lowest documented body temperature from which anyone has recovered was 13.0 °C (55.4 °F), in a drowning incident involving a 7-year-old girl in Sweden in December 2010.
I can't believe people are so desperate to lose weight, but they do everything they can to not have to work at it. I think most of us know by now that it does take work and it does take effort, but it's totally worth it! When I look back at all I did to drop over 40 pounds, it really wasn't that bad and it wasn't painful. I just had to give up unhealthy stuff that was really not making me feel good and trade it for healtheir eating and feeling awesome!
1/27/12 9:58 A
Refering to the last two responsed would it them be better if you have brown tapeworms:)
This is another case of people reading one study and jumping onto one idea from it. It's not entirely insane, actually. They have found that there are two types of body fat, the regular yellow-white kind, and something called brown fat. Having brown fat is good; it makes your body burn off regular fat really fast. And it turns out that people who spend a lot of time in the cold have more brown fat. So from that, some bright spark decided s/he could make money by giving people hypothermia and telling them it would give them brown fat.
The problem is, we only know that people who spend a lot of time in the cold have the brown fat; there's no proof that being cold causes you to have it. It could just be that having more brown fat makes you more willing to stay in the cold. People who don't have it might just go put on a sweater!
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1/27/12 9:51 A
That sounds like about as much fun as the "tape worm diet"...LoL
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1,483 1/27/12 9:45 A
Your wallet loses some weight.....
1/27/12 9:19 A
Just another money cashing gimmick...
1/27/12 9:13 A
You might temporarily burn more calories to get your internal body temperature up but sounds like a very dangerous, uncomfortable, and inefficient idea.
ok now i've seen everything, i saw on the nightly news how they put u in cold water for a while to drop your body temp to 39 so that it will increase your body temp and then some kind of suit..... just another gimmick! we have to realize that the only way we're going to lose weight is by putting the work in and eating in moderation...
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