Approximately 36.5% of adults in the U.S. today are obese according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is a serious health concern that can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer. However, to reduce body weight is tricky now a day with the given demands of work, school, and family obligations. We no longer have the time to go into the gym or go outside to get our sweat on. People are looking for effective ways to quickly burn calories without using a significant amount of time. What if there was a way to burn as many calories as a 3-mile run in 30 minutes (200-600 calories) without doing any work. Sounds like a dream, right? Being able to lose calories without stepping a foot into the gym. This isn’t some special pill that will make you skinny or take away all of the good foods in your life, this is a healthy weight loss solution in the form of infrared sauna. Besides diet and exercise, the addition of sauna time to your regular activities can have a positive effect on your goal of losing weight.
Infrared sauna uses far infrared energy wavelength to penetrate up to 3 inches into the body to heat up the body. As the body is heated from the inside out, it forces toxins under the skin to be pushed out. Unlike a traditional sauna which operates anywhere from 180 – 220 F, and can be uncomfortable to stay in for extended periods of time, infrared saunas are typically between 120-150 F. This range is important because fat becomes water soluble at around 100 F and is able to move through the blood to be removed from the body resulting in weight loss.
Not only will infrared sauna help torch the fat in your body allowing weight loss, it also strengthens the cardiovascular system. The body’s core temperature increases while in a sauna, and as a result, our body needs to work hard to cool itself. The blood flow increases, along with our cardiac output and metabolic rate.
“It’s not uncommon for our diastolic blood pressure to decrease because of the improved blood flow and the dilation of our vessels and capillaries. Our vital organs and endocrine glands also increase their metabolic processes. In every aspect, our bodies are working hard to cool itself, and all of these things contribute to a higher calorie burn.
In 2003, the Department of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine conducted a 2-week study with 25 obese adults. The 25 participants used an infrared sauna daily for 15-minute session. All 25 participants reduced not only their body weight, but also their body fat. One of the participants was physically unable to exercise, and after 10 weeks of sauna use, showed a weight loss of over 30 pounds, including a body fat loss of 11%! All of this puts the infrared sauna in a unique position because of the role it plays in cardiovascular conditioning.
This is all pretty “cool” 😉. Get your sweat on in an infrared sauna and burn as much as 600 calories in a 30-minute session! No workout required!