So it’s been a really long time since my last post. Golf season came and I totally forgot about most anything else. This is pretty typical and I usually use this as an excuse to lay off the diet and exercise (other than walking with my golf bag). In my last post I mentioned that I was really frustrated by not being able to get below around 347 pounds and it did cause me to go off the rails on the diet and not exercise. This back slide had me back to around 355.
A friend asked to borrow my copy of the 4 Hour Body and it got me looking at the book again. I had been thinking about doing something different like changing my diet or doing other exercises but while I was looking at the book I got an idea. You might remember that I was using a cold pack at night in an attempt to do some low end cold therapy. I hadn’t really noticed a difference when using the cold pack and always thought about doing the cold shower instead but thought it would be torture.
Being kinda desperate I went ahead and tried it out for the first time about a month ago. I setup my round timer that I use when exercising to give me 3 minutes and 30 seconds to have a warm shower and them time me for a 5 minute cold one. The initial change to cold sucked but after half a minute or so I felt like I could make it colder. I found that I acclimated in the same way that you do when jumping into a pool that isn’t heated. After a minute or so it was no big deal at all. Weight loss aside I can say that the cold showers have made me feel way better and enabled me to feel really refreshed in the morning. People have also commented that my hair and skin look nicer which I have also seen other people talk about after taking cold showers.
Now to talk about the weight loss benefit. I really believe that this switch to cold showers has jump started my metabolism. My last real update on this site had me at 348 pounds and 37% body fat. My current weight is 333.3 pounds with 34.6% body fat. My low weight was at the end of last week at 331 pounds but I had a higher body fat percentage.
I’m not gonna go into the theory behind cold therapy in this post but one of the main benefits is supposed to be losing body fat faster. I can say that even though I only started about 6 weeks ago at 36.2% body fat and 342.9 pounds I have seen a decrease of 1.6% in that time. This is way more than before I was doing the cold showers. I’ve only lost about 10 pounds of actual weight but almost half of that has been body fat. This will even further improve my metabolism and allow me to burn more calories even when I’m not active.
A little cold shower music in celebration: