Although exactly half of the summer has officially gone by, many of us are still trying to get in shape for summer ( or rather, what’s left of it.) You might have planned your time at the beach for the end of August or even September, and if that’s the case, now would be the high time to look up easy ways to lose weight fast. As our blog deals mainly with bathroom and shower fixtures, you might be wondering where are we going with this article. Well, in fact, we got a pretty interesting comment this week, which asked us if we believe that cold showers are an efficient way of losing weight. We’ve decided to tackle that question in this week’s blog post.
So, do cold showers help you lose weight?
The short answer is no, cold showers don’t help you lose weight. Exposing your body to low temperatures can increase calorie burning, but it can only create a real deficit if you’re spending hours under ice-cold water. Thus, cold showers do create an increased calorie burning state, but they don’t necessarily help you lose weight, as the calories you’ve burned will hardly affect your daily intake.
Why do people think cold showers help you lose weight?
This rumor has been going around since the 80’s. A study showed that men who bathed in cool water for 2 hours (mind you, that’s a lot of time to spend in the bath) had a faster calorie burning rate. Their fat and carb burning functions were also increased due to the body’s efforts to keep itself warm during the constant exposure to cold water. People were quick to pick up on the surface information that cold water baths = fat loss, but didn’t pay much attention to the exact numbers – including the fact that you would have to stay in a cold bath for at least two hours in order to somewhat speed up your metabolism.
Why don’t cold showers work for weight loss?
To put it simply, the calorie deficit created by showering in cold water for a short time is insignificant compared to an average daily calorie intake. A 10-minute slow pace walk will burn more calories than a cold shower, and you’re probably already doing that when going to get groceries, or walking around at your job. Plus, cold showers can be a health hazard as well – especially for those who aren’t used to that. Jumping into an ice-cold bath and spending more than a few minutes under an icy shower can cause hypothermia, which means that your body temperature drops to dangerously low levels. This can lead to anything from muscle weakness and fatigue to fainting and even death, in case the body cannot bring itself back to its normal temperature. If you want to speed up your metabolism using cold showers, they key is to go slowly, and drop the water temperature and increase the shower time slowly as you go.
To sum it all up, cold showers have very little to no effect on weight loss. They do have a ton of other benefits just as improving the condition of your skin and hair, but only as long as you gradually work them into your lifestyle. If you want to lose weight, we suggest you stick to the good old eat-less-move-more rule.