Week 2 - Cold Thermogenesis

Here we go. Week 2. 

The only unexpected event to report is that I got a mild sunburn last Thursday. I guess sunburns might raise your body temp? I should look that up. The result is that I've been wearing an undershirt beneath the Cool Fat Burner for most of this week. Did that make a difference? I couldn't tell. I still had shivering every 1-in-3-or-4 sessions.


Criteria To Track

The following are purported results of cold therapy. Measuring some of these has been tricky.

Lowering Body Fat Percentage (measured with an electrical impedance body fat analyzer)
Week 0 - 17.1%  Weight On My Home Scale - 192lbs
Week 1 - 17.0%  Weight On My Home Scale - 190lbs

Week 2 - 17.3%  Weight On My Home Scale - 188lbs. That's weird, weight down, body fat up.
*NOTE - The two devices I am using are not top-of-the-line contraptions. They are almost the opposite. For each of these I am taking the measurement multiple times until I get an average or consistent number. Week-to-week changes are likely not statistically significant. Comparing Week 1 to Week 8 will be the significant result.

Cutting Food Cravings
Week 1 - While wearing the vest at night, I have occasionally been snacking less. This snacking may be more habitual than hunger related.

Week 2 - No noticeable change in hunger.

Improving Deep Sleep Quality
Week 1 - I have not noticed an improvement in sleep. On some nights it has taken me longer to fall asleep, although this has not been consistent and is not necessarily related.

Week 2 - If anything my sleep has been worse. I do not think that this has to do with the cold. I've been reading The Dresden Files at night and it keeps me awake.

Increasing Pain Tolerance
Week 1 - Not sure how to measure this. Perhaps my cold tolerance has increased, but that may be speculation.

Week 2 - Still not sure how to measure. 
Reducing Inflammation
Week 1- I do DDPYoga as an almost-daily exercise. Occasionally I have stiffness in a shoulder or lower back, both in areas where the vest does not come into contact. I have still had the occasional shoulder stiffness. I have not noticed the lower back stiffness, but that is not a daily or even weekly occurrence. 

Week 2 - I still have the occasional stiffness.

Week 2 Summary

Two weeks is not enough time to find a statistical change. I may never figure out how to measure pain resistance. Reduced inflammation should show up in the final blood test. Sleep quality may improve if I stop reading in bed :)