Cold Shoulder Fat Burning Vest
The internet has given us lots of weird and wonderful ways to lose weight.
The Cold Shoulder Fat Burning Vest, however, is even weirder than usual.
What is The Cold Shoulder?
The Cold Shoulder is a Fat Burning Vest which uses ice packs to cool down the body.
The idea is that by placing ice packs against your body throughout the day, your body will have to work extra hard to heat itself, and you’ll be able to lose extra weight.
Sounds kind of silly, right? Before you dismiss The Cold Shoulder, consider the fact that it was designed by NASA scientist Dr. Wayne B. Hayes, who currently teaches at the School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.
The Cold Shoulder was announced to the world at the beginning of February 2015, when its creators launched a Kickstarter hoping to raise $13,500. Within a few days, that Kickstarter had achieved $235,000 in funding from nearly 1,300 backers.
By the time the fundraiser was over, a total of $281,319 had been raised.
The Cold Shoulder was designed by Jocelyn Hayes and Dr. Wayne Hayes – who I presume are married or related in some way or another (the company’s official website doesn’t specify).
How Does The Cold Shoulder Work?
The Cold Shoulder works in a relatively straightforward way. You put the vest into a freezer, then take it out when you’re ready for your “workout”.
You put the vest on over your shirt to protect your skin. It works best when you’re at a comfortable temperature and, according to science, won’t be as effective if you’re in a hot environment or exercising.
The idea is that your body will have to spend more calories to heat up your body and combat the cooling power of the ice packs within the vest. The cooling packs contact your body along the back and shoulders.
Who Should Own The Cold Shoulder?
Most people will wear the vest when they’re around the home, but the creators of The Cold Shoulder claim that it can be worn at the office or when “out and about.” The vest is discrete enough to fit with other pieces of clothing. It doesn’t look like you’ve stuffed lots of freezer packs into your clothes: the freezer packs are relatively slim.
Here’s how the creators of The Cold Shoulder Vest advertise their invention:
“The Cold Shoulder activates your body’s internal thermometer to burn fat. From athletes, to office workers, vegans, to pregnant and breastfeeding women…The Cold Shoulder burns calories!”
They also claim you should wear the device every day and even twice daily if possible:
“Wear it until the ice warms up to room temperature, which will take between 45 and 90 minutes depending upon whether you wear a shirt underneath or not.”
The creators suggest using it on an empty stomach to force your body to burn stored fuel (like fat) to stay warm. The best times to use it are immediately after waking up and then once again before dinner.
To freeze the vest, you can place the entire vest into the freezer or take out the individual freezer packs and place them inside. The packs take longer to freeze when you put the entire vest in the freezer – so if you’re crunched for time, you should take out the freezer packs.
Will The Cold Shoulder Vest Actually Work?
The Cold Shoulder claims its users should be able to burn 500 calories per day. The makers of the vest, however, are quick to avoid labeling their product as a miracle weight loss cure:
“Let’s be blunt: there is no magic pill for weight loss, and The Cold Shoulder is no exception to that rule. The cold, hard truth is that the foundation of weight control is your diet”, reads the sales copy on the product’s official website.
Nevertheless, the creators of the vest call their vest “The easiest way to burn fat without changing your lifestyle.”
They claim the product is scientifically proven and cools strategically-chosen spots on your body like an FDA cleared procedure known as CoolSculpting.
There have been a number of scientific studies measuring the effects of cold exposure on calorie burning. One of the most important studies was published in the 2013 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.
That study examined the effects of a 10 day cold acclimation protocol on humans to determine if it would increase brown adipose tissue (BAT) and non-shivering thermogenesis (NST) activity.
The study concluded with the following:
“The observed physiological acclimation is in line with the subjective changes in temperature sensation; upon cold acclimation, the subjects judged the environment warmer, felt more comfortable in the cold, and reported less shivering. The combined results suggest that a variable indoor environment with frequent cold exposures might be an acceptable and economic manner to increase energy expenditure and may contribute to counteracting the current obesity epidemic.”
In other words, The Cold Shoulder is backed by some real science – although more studies are required to test the specific effectiveness of The Cold Shoulder vests.
Many people also point to the idea that you burn about 30 calories for every liter of ice water you drink. Your body needs to heat up the water as it passes through your system – just like your body needs to heat up your neck and back as you wear The Cold Shoulder.
How Much Does The Cold Shoulder Vest Cost?
The Cold Shoulder costs $150 per vest. It’s available in six different sizes, including:
— X Small (34 to 36 inch chest)
— Small (37 to 39)
— Medium (40 to 42)
— Large (43 to 46)
— X Large (47 to 50)
— XX Large (51 to 54)
— XXX Large (55 to 58)
All sizes are priced the same. The company also offers a 100% 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with the vest for any reason, you can return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchasing.
The company will also replace your vest if it breaks “under normal usage” within 90 days.
Each purchase comes with two bonus products: The Cold War on Fat, which is an eBook written by the creators and describes the science behind The Cold Shoulder, and The Cold Neck, which is an adjustable neck collar which lets you burn even more fat when used in conjunction with The Cold Shoulder.
Ultimately, exposing yourself to cold temperatures isn’t the most effective way to lose weight. But if you’re trying to maximize the results of a weight loss routine, then The Cold Shoulder could be the answer you’ve been waiting for.