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Burn calories sitting down!

Published 14/11/2012 | 12:01

SOMETHING new I have yet to try, but am very interested in, is the research behind Cold Thermogenesis. What the hell is that?

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A doctor and researcher I'm following sings about being cold adapted. All you need to do is sit in a cold bath and watch the calories burn. All while sitting down. And eat plenty of fish. Johnny Morgan's should stock up on Thursday and Friday for the rush on Park Street!

I'm not talking about a dance around under a cold shower; I'm talking about sitting in a bath tub or the sea for at least 40 minutes with chattering teeth (the chattering teeth bit will only last a short while once the body gets used to it).

The theory is that cold dip will reset your system. If you're over weight, you could be leptin resistant. Leptin is the hormone in our bodies that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite/hunger and metabolism. To get to 40 minutes I would start with five minutes, then ten and so on....

There's more than one way to skin a cat, ice/cold baths could just be one way out of many to press the reset button. I'm going to sound like a broken record here but ultimately food choice is key. Recommended is three square meals a day with no snacking. You might think no snacking would be tough but one of the other protocols is breakfast consisting of 50 grams of protein. By eating 50 grams of protein for breakfast I guarantee you will not want food for another 5/6 hours!

When you take the ' plunge' just by sitting in cold water will help you in so many ways. It's reported to give a surge in energy along with other things. The body has to work hard to keep warm, so effectively, you could burn the same amount of calories by just sitting down than bursting your ass on a treadmill. I can relate to how the body works harder in the cold from a race I did in Galway last year. I prepared my nutrition as normal but the weather took a bad turn and I feel I didn't have enough on board to race as I wanted to.

Seems easy right? In our climate it would be tough to come home in the evening and jump into to a cold bath! But for a local in sunny Lanzarote it would be a different story. Perhaps the nest way to do it is go in straight after working out or when your core temperature is at its highest.

Football, Gaelic and rugby teams have been jumping in cold baths after training for a while now. I did it myself back in the day but found it made no difference.

But the key here is full immersion, not just waste down!

The so called benefits of this crazy new trend are huge - apparently! I'm not sold yet but I will report back in January to see if it makes any difference to me.

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