Freeze your weight away, says cyro ad­vo­cate

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FOR­GET slog­ging away at the gym for hours on end.

For $75 and just three min­utes in a freez­ing cham­ber at –110C, you could burn 800 calo­ries.

Cry­op­er­for­mance at Robina opened their doors less than three months ago but owner Mark Sul­li­van says us­ing the cham­ber for weight loss has been very pop­u­lar.

Mr Sul­li­van said while there hadn’t been much re­search into cryother­apy as a weight loss treat­ment, it was reg­u­larly used for sports in­juries.

“I’m an ex-phys­i­ol­o­gist and mostly worked with chronic pa­tients,” he said.

“We tried cryo as an al­ter­na­tive to surgery. Their in­flam­ma­tory and pain meds dropped so they didn’t need surgery.”

Mr Sul­li­van said pa­tients could come in for a 15-minute con­sul­ta­tion and they would re­ceive spe­cial gar­ments to wear to pro­tect hands, feet and ears.

“Mi­nus 110C for three min­utes is most ef­fec­tive. It can go colder but there’s no point,” he said.

‘‘ Mi­nus 110C for three min­utes is most ef­fec­tive. It can go colder but there’s no point.

“You’re just mak­ing it colder for no rea­son.”

Mr Sul­li­van said one woman who came in for five days in a row af­ter ini­tially mea­sur­ing her body and mus­cle fat found she had lost a kilo­gram.

How­ever, not ev­ery­one is as im­pressed.

Gen­eral prac­ti­tioner Dr Roger Halliwell said cryother­apy was not main­stream medicine and there was not a lot of re­search be­hind cryother­apy as a weight loss tool.

“The short an­swer is no­body knows (if it works), there’s no re­search in that sort of modal­ity,” Dr Halliwell said. “I’m not con­vinced at all, I’m afraid.”

PHOTO: GLENN HAMP­SON

◗ Cry­op­er­for­mance owner Mark Sul­li­van with cryother­a­pist Lucy McDer­mid.

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