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When you’re determined to lose weight, you may be tempted to look for a fast and easy weight loss solution. The popular weight loss trend right now is Sauna Suits. Are these garments really an effective weight loss shortcut? In this review we will go over everything you need to know about Sauna Suits, just read on!
Sauna Suits represent a shirt and pants combo, usually made from a plastic or rubber material, designed to increase your body's sweating ability during any physical activity. The purpose of a Sauna Suit is to create the effect of you being inside a real sauna, increasing your body’s temperature levels, causing you to sweat (1). Sauna Suits also claim to flush out toxins from the body, helping you burn off more calories faster.
Sauna Suits are available for purchase online from numerous brands, with a common price tag of $10 to $100.
People wear Sauna Suits while they exercise in an attempt to lose more weight during physical activity. When you exercise, your body breaks down fat to use as fuel (2). This process increases your body’s core temperature, forcing you to get rid of the heat through sweating. The heat is released through the sweat that your body produces. It’s the evaporation of your sweat into the air that helps disperse the heat (3). However, a Sauna Suit prevents your sweat from evaporating, making it impossible for your body to cool itself, thus inducing more sweating.
While wearing a Sauna Suit you will experience significant fluid loss through sweating and it’s likely that you will weigh less after each workout. This difference in weight is only water weight though, and losing body fat has nothing to do with sweating or water weight (4). Your body requires adequate fluid levels in order to maintain a healthy transport of nutrients and blood volume to all organs and tissues (5). For this reason, your body will work to absorb the lost fluids as soon as you consume them after any physical activity. The weight that you lose with the Sauna Suit is therefore only temporary.
In order for you to create long-term weight loss results, you must burn more calories than you consume over a period of time (6). Combining extensive physical activity with a caloric deficit is the only way to lose weight (7).
If you’re looking for fast, short-term results, Sauna Suits can contribute to rapid weight loss. But we already covered the truth behind this type of weight loss, as soon as you drink any type of liquid your weight will quickly go back to normal. On the other hand, Sauna Suits are great cold weather workout gear. During your workout, the body’s temperature elevates and Sauna Suits keep the temperature higher, preventing any heat from escaping and making you feel warm and comfortable (8). Sauna Suits can also increase circulation by elevating one's metabolism and pulse rate, rushing blood to the skin’s surface and increasing overall circulation. Our legs and arms benefit the most from this type of improved circulation (9).
We have already mentioned that you lose lots of water weight while exercising with a Sauna Suit on. The clear danger here is obviously dehydration. Our body is over 70% water and we need water to maintain blood levels and other fluids, along with the need for electrolytes, salts, and other nutrients found in water (10).
Combining dehydration and excessive body heat, some of the following side effects could occur: Headache, Dizziness, Seizures, Confusion, Heart attack, Consciousness, Nausea, and others (11).
Also be careful not to use a Sauna Suit if you suffer from any heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, anemia or increased body temperature.
Stay away from diuretics, beta blockers, antihistamines, sympathomimetic, barbiturates, and other drugs that alter the body’s heat while wearing a Sauna Suit.
If you’re uncertain about the use of Sauna Suits, you should ask your doctor about the possibility of using a Sauna Suit.
You can wear a Sauna Suit anytime you’re exercising to boost your circulation and metabolism quickly. Start wearing it three to five times per week while performing any physical activity, such as resistance training, jogging, hiking, walking, etc. Before and after each workout cool down for 5 to 10 minutes, and let your body adapt to normal room temperature. You’ll want to become used to how you’ll feel while wearing a Sauna Suit, so always start slowly. Only wear it for 10 or 15 minutes and gradually build your time up by about 5 minutes each workout. Finally, you will get to a point where you can wear it throughout your entire workout.
“This product is useless without a steady workout and practical diet. The claim to raise the core temperature and hence the metabolism is pure bunk. As merely an accessory, the product is adequate. Consistent exercise and practical diet results in weight loss – not the suit. Again, the public is at the mercy of the capitalists who falsely advertise.” -Holly Clarkson
“First opinion of this suit is this, doesn't seem to be heating up as well as I would've liked but a benefit is that it's used as a pretty good girdle. While doing my work out I seem to sweat as much with or without the suit on. There are 2 slight drawbacks. One is after your workout and you take it off the stickiness of your skin makes it hard to take the back of the suit off. Secondly and this is easy to correct, as soon as you get it, turn the suit inside out. Check the stitching at the junctions. Remove the bowls of thread that collect there so you don't get little nicks on your skin.”
“I'm not recommending this item for losing weight. I wore it during my workouts, and it gave me a good sweat. But continuous use caused me to dehydrate.” -Gabriel Brooks
The bottom line is, if you’re not a professional athlete that could use Sauna Suits as a preparation tool before a competition, there is no need for you to buy one. The average person looking to lose weight receives a very small amount of benefits from a Sauna Suit while posing some serious dangers to their overall health (dehydration).
You make the final decision, just take your health into consideration.
Steven has researched over 500 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. He has also worked with nutritionists specializing in weight loss while coaching people on how to transform their physiques and live healthy lives. You can contact him via the "About Us" page.