Weight loss in the Infrared Sauna
Want to lose weight?
Did you know that one the many benefits of regular infrared saunas is weight loss? Lose weight all while you relax in total comfort by detoxifying your body and burning calories!
The secret is a secret no more, weight-loss is possible in the sauna!
It is necessary to maintain a healthy weight for your overall quality of life. Everyone knows that. Indeed, a 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that your waist's circumference alone is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, you may be able to live a longer, healthier life by keeping a healthy weight.
Infrared Heat Technology
In a 2009 study, in just a three-month period, infrared saunas were shown to help lower weight and waist circumference. The common theme of the study among subjects was that far-reaching infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but "much more relaxing." Saunas can therefore be an effective lifestyle advantage for those who are unable to participate in traditional exercise programs due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems. 1 Moreover, according to information published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, weight loss sessions in infrared saunas have been shown to burn up to 600 calories. 2 To cool down, the body has to work hard, producing a natural sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, heart output and metabolic rate, burning more calories, resulting in greater weight loss. And blood flow increases, rising from 5-7 quarters to 13 quarters per minute. 3 Moreover, regular use of a sauna can provide many of the same benefits as regular exercise, such as cardiovascular conditioning. That's right, a sauna session is like giving yourself a low-impact cardio workout–wherever and whenever you need it!
Questions on Sauna Weight-Loss
Q: How do saunas help me lose weight?
A: Saunas can help with weight loss by heating your body’s core temperature to induce sweating. Increases in blood flow and heart rate has been shown to help individuals lose weight, equivalent to moderate exercise. Also, saunas help users lose weight by relieving weight-related aches and pains, helping them get back to the gym the next day.
Q: How much weight in a sauna would I lose?
A: A lot goes into weight loss, including the current weight, as well as eating and workout habits. Just as there is no diet for every person, with an infrared sauna, there is no specific number of pounds lost. Sessions were shown to burn as much as 600 calories, which could be similar to an hour-long treadmill jogging session!
Q: How do I lose weight in a sauna?
A: Sit back and enjoy your session is the most common way to lose weight in an infrared sauna! But there are a few of ways to improve the session and the weight loss that follow. Like practicing hot yoga in our saunas. Not only could this boost weight loss, it also provides a host of other health benefits such as improved flexibility and better sleep. Consider adding gentle stretching to your sauna session if hot yoga sounds too strenuous. Not only is this low-impact exercise soothing, it also helps to raise the core temperature a little more–potentially helping you lose weight while in the sauna.
Q: What's the difference for weight loss between a steam sauna and infrared sauna?
A: A traditional sauna uses wet or dry heat to warm up the air around you. This may help with weight loss, but it has shown that weight loss is primarily due to water loss–or heavy sweating. From the inside out, an infrared sauna heats your body, helping you to stay longer in the sauna, increasing your heart rate. Infrared sauna use results in a shorter period of time burning more calories.
Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.
Journal of the American Medical Association, August 1981.
Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.
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