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May 20, 2012 2:48 PM
Your body has to burn calories to get its temperature back up to normal, so it would make sense that it did. But how many does it burn?
  20501953
May 20, 2012 2:49 PM
really stretching to get a couple extra calories burnt??? lol
  14269010
May 20, 2012 2:49 PM
Likely not enough to make it count unless you go into hypothermia so you're better off having a nice warm shower and just working out.
  997481
May 20, 2012 2:50 PM
it also allegedly boosts testosterone levels
May 20, 2012 2:52 PM
Burrrr, I'd rather work out and sweat my a** off to burn the calories then to ever even turn the cold water on.. (which I never do)
  5955126
May 20, 2012 2:53 PM
I heard this on Dr Oz! lol
May 20, 2012 2:53 PM
QUOTE:

Your body has to burn calories to get its temperature back up to normal, so it would make sense that it did. But how many does it burn?


0.000000000005 calories per decade.

I don't think you should consider it burned calories, it's in your best interest not to.
Edited by mrmanmeat On May 20, 2012 2:53 PM
May 20, 2012 2:54 PM
I dont think it burns calories as much as it 'prevents' your body from getting into a relaxed type of state. This is a trick a few girls I hung out with used to do...it didnt really do much for them lol. BUT I know using cold water after the shower helps to close your pores and tighten your skin =D so not such a bad idea.
May 20, 2012 2:56 PM
Hahaha. Even if it does, it would not be anything significant to actually think about. Otherwise I think I would be taking several cold showers a day! XD
May 20, 2012 2:56 PM
You burn some calories, especially if you get cold enough to shiver and get goose bumps, both of which burn up lots of calories. But most people don't stay in a cold shower that long unless it's really hot outside, in which case your metabolism is lower than normal all the time you aren't in the shower.

Swimming tends to use up more. Even though the water may be warmer, the amount of heat loss is large with your entire body immersed.

You use a lot of calories working or exercising outdoors on a cool day. When you get warm enough that you have to take off a layer of clothing, you know you're burning extra calories.
  12247229
May 20, 2012 2:56 PM
QUOTE:

Your body has to burn calories to get its temperature back up to normal, so it would make sense that it did. But how many does it burn?


It depends on if you're alive or not. If you're alive, you'll burn calories while freezing in your shower. If you're dead you will not. I prefer to burn calories while doing things such as breathing, watching television, and cutting my toenails.

On a more serious note, I wouldn't put too much effort into showering yourself skinny. Yeah, your body will need to burn cals to maintain body temps but I'd rather go for a walk or play catch with my kids, either of which would burn more cals than freezing myself in a shower.
  4577730
May 20, 2012 2:57 PM
Depends on what other activities you get up in the shower...

but generally no.
May 20, 2012 2:59 PM
QUOTE:

Depends on what other activities you get up in the shower...

but generally no.


FTW!
May 20, 2012 3:00 PM
QUOTE:

Depends on what other activities you get up in the shower...

but generally no.

yup. shower with a friend and then you can count it as cardio. :)
May 20, 2012 3:01 PM
QUOTE:

Depends on what other activities you get up in the shower...

but generally no.


omw.
May 20, 2012 3:14 PM
QUOTE:

You use a lot of calories working or exercising outdoors on a cool day. When you get warm enough that you have to take off a layer of clothing, you know you're burning extra calories.


This was extremely helpful. Thanks for posting.
  7030416
May 20, 2012 3:19 PM
The theory for it is that it lowers your body temp so your body burns calories to try and make it regulate again.
May 20, 2012 3:43 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Depends on what other activities you get up in the shower...

but generally no.

yup. shower with a friend and then you can count it as cardio. :)


This!
  15754398
May 20, 2012 3:47 PM
This is just hilarious!
  19497359
May 20, 2012 3:51 PM
I shower with a friend. I find it burns more calories and my back gets a nice scrubbing.
May 20, 2012 3:53 PM
This is a bit of a stretch dont ya think
Edited by DieVixen On May 20, 2012 3:53 PM
May 20, 2012 3:53 PM
Wouldnt do the cold shower but if you drink your water on ice, your body has to burn more calories to warm it up. Cant hurt. :)
  23159244
May 20, 2012 3:54 PM
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Burrrr, I'd rather work out and sweat my a** off to burn the calories then to ever even turn the cold water on.. (which I never do)


^^^^this, I never turn my cold water on either!!!
  19348877
May 20, 2012 3:55 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Your body has to burn calories to get its temperature back up to normal, so it would make sense that it did. But how many does it burn?


0.000000000005 calories per decade.

I don't think you should consider it burned calories, it's in your best interest not to.


Bwhahahahahaha!!!!!!!
  19348877
May 20, 2012 4:27 PM
I'm sure it burns a few calories. Go ahead and eat an extra almond!
Edited by ElizabethRoad On May 20, 2012 4:28 PM

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