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November 27, 2011 9:59 PM
I have been sick with a cold for the last week or so and have no energy for exercising. However, I know that being cold will burn calories. I don't want to get an ice bath, but in theory how many calories would a person burn in a cold (not ice) bath for every minute, 10 minutes, whatever? I can't find any info online. By cold, I mean cool enough to make you feel chilled after about 10 minutes, but not a shock to the system.

Also, does anyone know if you naturally burn more calories when you are sick? Thanks.
  12723339
November 27, 2011 10:04 PM
Sitting in an ice bath will not burn any significant amount of calories to be worth the pain endured by doing such a thing. Same for a cold, but not icy, bath.

If you want to eat more when you're sick to fuel your immune system, go right ahead. Focus on getting well first before weight loss.
November 27, 2011 10:04 PM
I'm no expert, but I would assume it would be an insignificant amount compared to what you would burn without being in a cold bath.
  8313787
November 27, 2011 10:06 PM
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Your body generates heat when it is cold by shivering. This muscle fasiculation produces heat, just like jogging or walking does. It is one of the bodies mechanisms for survival in extreme situations, in addition to dilating the blood vessles in the skin, however it is not a good way to lose weight. (Note non extreme alternatives in next paragraph below) The risks of hyothermia, frostbite, shock, etc. are not worth it. Losing weight is very simple, you must burn more calories than you take in, so either eat less or be more active or both to lose weight.

YET, you do not have to do extreme temperature changes to cause the body to work harder to maintain your core body temperature, and burn more calories doing it. A cold shower hitting your neck and upper back for 10 minutes at a temperature of 72 degrees is enough to make your body burn lots of calories to maintain warmth. OR sitting back and watching TV with a large ice pack hitting your neck and back (with a T-Shirt in between) for 20 minutes will do just a good a job. Though extremes in this area could be simply a 20 min ice bath as well (but the ice pack or cold shower are 60% as effective as an ice bath).

Swimmers are thin and muscular due to the cold water drawing off the heat from their bodies and the body compensating for it.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_cold_baths_and_showers_help_you_burn_a_lot_of_calories#ixzz1eyf7ijAi
  8886495
November 27, 2011 10:08 PM
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Swimmers are thin and muscular due to the cold water drawing off the heat from their bodies and the body compensating for it.


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November 27, 2011 10:11 PM
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A cold shower hitting your neck and upper back for 10 minutes at a temperature of 72 degrees is enough to make your body burn lots of calories to maintain warmth.


Can you define "lots of calories"? I have a feeling that may be calories and not kilocalories (the unit which is typically referred to as a calorie, but in reality is 1000 calories).
November 27, 2011 10:12 PM
Why would you want to stress your body when it's already sick? That can't help you heal any faster. noway

As far as swimmers being thin and muscular from cold water exposure...um, it's probably more likely due to moving their muscles a lot against the resistance of the water. laugh

Good luck!
November 27, 2011 10:13 PM
A cold bath sounds really miserable XD
Good luck!
  3654661
November 27, 2011 10:13 PM
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Swimmers are thin and muscular due to the cold water drawing off the heat from their bodies and the body compensating for it.


laugh


OMG laugh

To the OP: please do NOT do this, especially when you're sick! You want to get better don't you?
  3872484
November 27, 2011 10:14 PM
I know if I was sick the last thing I would be thinking about is taking a cold shower /bath to burn calories lol. Eat healthy , get better and maybe walk if you are feeling up to it. Other than that just, focus on your health.
  8897510
November 27, 2011 10:14 PM
No where near enough calories for it to be worth it would be burned from a cold bath. You do burn slightly more calories when you are running a fever, but only very slightly more. When you're sick you should focus on getting well, eat at maintenance if you feel like you need to.
November 27, 2011 10:23 PM
she asked a simple question whether or not if you can burn calories from cold temperatures i found my answers from the site i posted if you don't like the answer then take it up with the website, btw i have seen on doctor oz that you can burn calories from a cold ice pack for 20 mins. on the lower neck and shoulders no it obviously isn't as much as if you exercise but it does help kick your metabolism in gear, think about it your body is cold so your body has to work extra hard to warm you up which will get the blood pumping and then result in burning "some" calories. and no i dont think you should do this if you are still sick it will only make you worse... good luck and hope you are better
Edited by mckeeveronthezumba On November 27, 2011 10:25 PM
  8886495
November 27, 2011 10:34 PM
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Why would you want to stress your body when it's already sick? That can't help you heal any faster. noway

As far as swimmers being thin and muscular from cold water exposure...um, it's probably more likely due to moving their muscles a lot against the resistance of the water. laugh

Good luck!


that is very true i only copied and paste what i read i know its not enough to lose weight and burn calories just from swimming in cool water i agree with you on the resistance of the water that is the easiest way to burn calories and build muscle.
  8886495
November 27, 2011 10:39 PM
I have been sleeping about 18-20 hours a day for the last few days. Been sick for over a week (I naturally get sick a lot and have other health conditions so I know I don't have to see a doc). Also have asthma so... going for a walk right now is out. I walked down the stairs, looked around, and thought... nope. Not happened today.

I am trying to eat less than 1200 calories (not counting the amount extra I am allowed by exercise) because my BMR is about 1400 so 200 calories a day lost will help me. I went over by about 15 calories a day. i think simply typing will help.

I actually have heard from homeopath friends about health benefits of cool and cold baths, but I never thought of it seriously as a means to lose weight.

http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/treatment/coldbaths.html

I have noticed in the past that cool (not ice cold- shocking the system is rarely good!) baths made me feel better later but I used them for different reasons, never for weight los. Sort of like how when you're sick, you often feel better after throwing up? My acne also got better when I was younger and my hair was less oily when I got tepid and cool baths. I also oil pull (although this week I have been slacking off) and drink raw garlic, ginger, cayenne, lemon and some other stuff thrown together in a blender... healthy and full of vitamins and minerals. I got my buddy into it too. Raw garlic is great for you.

I wasn't thinking about going overboard. Ice baths will stress the body, but pool-temperature water is generally okay. And you usually feel warmer when you get out. My riends have known for me to go swimming in the pacific ocean in february and march for 20-30 minutes at a time and usually I feel better and more energetic after.

But thanks for those that were concerned. I wouldn't go overboard (pain doesn't always equal gain). I was just wondering if anyone could find info on the caloric loss. I know when I was a kid running around up north (northern Canada) in a thin jacket and in the forest 6-8 hours a day, I ate whatever I wanted and was thin (part of that was exercise, a lot of it was trying to keep warm). Since I moved to the city as a young adult and started using less traditional ways to keep healthy and more western ways to keep healthy, I developed asthma, depression and gained a lot more weight so I am going back to more homeopathic ways to stay healthy, because I was healthiest when I used those ways to keep healthy.
  12723339
February 13, 2013 1:17 AM
This is from Livestrong.com

"The amount of time spent trying to warm up has a direct impact on the number of calories burned. According to the American Council On Exercise, you may burn about 400 calories an hour from shivering, depending on the temperature and the heaviness of your clothing."
February 13, 2013 1:24 AM
Seriously op, just forget this and focus on getting better.


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Swimmers are thin and muscular due to the cold water drawing off the heat from their bodies and the body compensating for it.


LOLed
Edited by Hendrix7 On February 13, 2013 1:24 AM
February 13, 2013 1:41 AM
QUOTE:

I am trying to eat less than 1200 calories (not counting the amount extra I am allowed by exercise) because my BMR is about 1400 so 200 calories a day lost will help me. I went over by about 15 calories a day. i think simply typing will help.



Help you to do what??

Eat more. Your body needs fuel and nourishment to get better.
  14463414
February 13, 2013 5:15 PM
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she asked a simple question whether or not if you can burn calories from cold temperatures i found my answers from the site i posted if you don't like the answer then take it up with the website, btw i have seen on doctor oz that you can burn calories from a cold ice pack for 20 mins. on the lower neck and shoulders no it obviously isn't as much as if you exercise but it does help kick your metabolism in gear, think about it your body is cold so your body has to work extra hard to warm you up which will get the blood pumping and then result in burning "some" calories. and no i dont think you should do this if you are still sick it will only make you worse... good luck and hope you are better


Sorry but Dr. Oz is not the place to find facts... he is not respected anymore like he used to. The amount of calories you burn from the cold is not enough to make a difference.

I live in Canada and it's pretty damn cold here these days... I spend a lot of time outside... my weight loss hasn't changed.

The website you posted is crap... swimmers are thin because of the water? Ya, becuase they are moving in it... not because it's "cold"
February 13, 2013 5:18 PM
1.25 calories, the same as watching tV. lol Just wait till you get better. I've read that your metabolism increases when you are sick anyways. You will be MORE than okay if you return to your routine within a week. You'll be fine.
  10218680
February 13, 2013 5:19 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

she asked a simple question whether or not if you can burn calories from cold temperatures i found my answers from the site i posted if you don't like the answer then take it up with the website, btw i have seen on doctor oz that you can burn calories from a cold ice pack for 20 mins. on the lower neck and shoulders no it obviously isn't as much as if you exercise but it does help kick your metabolism in gear, think about it your body is cold so your body has to work extra hard to warm you up which will get the blood pumping and then result in burning "some" calories. and no i dont think you should do this if you are still sick it will only make you worse... good luck and hope you are better


Sorry but Dr. Oz is not the place to find facts... he is not respected anymore like he used to. The amount of calories you burn from the cold is not enough to make a difference.

I live in Canada and it's pretty damn cold here these days... I spend a lot of time outside... my weight loss hasn't changed.

The website you posted is crap... swimmers are thin because of the water? Ya, becuase they are moving in it... not because it's "cold"


I will never understand why Oprah supports Dr. Oz. I hate that guy. But I'm not a fan of the Doctors either, but I LOVE Doctor radio on XM.. they are real doctors that work with patients daily.
  10218680
February 13, 2013 6:57 PM
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Swimmers are thin and muscular due to the cold water drawing off the heat from their bodies and the body compensating for it.



Hmmm, or maybe it has to due with the energy burned by actually swimming bigsmile
  35896585
February 13, 2013 7:00 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Swimmers are thin and muscular due to the cold water drawing off the heat from their bodies and the body compensating for it.



Hmmm, or maybe it has to due with the energy burned by actually swimming bigsmile


Dr OZ says "pshaw!" to your logic.
  32674575
February 13, 2013 7:11 PM
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  5345245
February 13, 2013 7:18 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I am trying to eat less than 1200 calories (not counting the amount extra I am allowed by exercise) because my BMR is about 1400 so 200 calories a day lost will help me. I went over by about 15 calories a day. i think simply typing will help.



Help you to do what??

Eat more. Your body needs fuel and nourishment to get better.


Please do listen to this advice.
February 13, 2013 7:31 PM
Surely you are not serious.

If you are sick. Concentrate on eating well and getting well.

Life is for living. Make it the best one that you can and don't stress your body when it is already struggling with being ill.

Next week, when you are feeling better, you can gradually resume your fit and healthy life.
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