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Looking to lose weight?

The secret is out on infrared sauna for weight loss. Infrared sauna helps you lose weight by detoxifying the body and burning calories while you relax in total comfort.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall quality of life. That’s no secret. In fact, a 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine discovered that the circumference of your waist alone is a critical factor for assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, by maintaining a healthy weight, you may be able to live a longer, healthier life.

Infrared Heat Technology

Using infrared heat technology to burn calories, our saunas – and only our Sunlighten saunas – are clinically shown to aid weight loss. In a 2009 study, our infrared saunas were shown to help lower weight and waist circumference in just a three-month period. The common theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but “much more relaxing”. Therefore, our infrared saunas can be an effective lifestyle advantage for those who cannot participate in traditional exercise programs due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems.1, 2

According to information published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, infrared sauna sessions were shown to burn up to 600 calories.3 Core temperature increases during an infrared sauna session. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna also increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, burning more calories, leading to more weight loss. And blood flow rises, increasing from 5-7 quarts up to 13 quarts a minute.1, 2, 4 Plus, regular use of an infrared sauna may provide many of the same benefits as regular exercise, such as cardiovascular conditioning. That’s right, using an infrared sauna for weight loss therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout!

Frequently Asked Questions About Sauna Weight Loss

Q: How do saunas help me lose weight?
A: Infrared saunas have been proven to aid in weight loss by heating your core temperature to induce sweating. Increases in blood flow and heart rate are the result, which, much like moderate exercise, has shown to help you lose weight. Saunas also help by easing aches and pains associated with weight training, helping you get back into the gym the next day.

Q: How much weight can I lose in a sauna?
A: There’s a lot that goes into weight loss, including your current weight, and eating and exercise habits. Just as there’s no one diet for every person, there’s no one number of pounds lost using an infrared sauna. Sessions have been shown to burn as much as 600 calories, which may be similar to an hour-long jogging session on a treadmill.

Q: How do I use a sauna to lose weight?
A: The most popular way to lose weight in an infrared sauna is to sit back and enjoy your session! But there are many more ways to enhance your session and subsequent weight loss. For example, performing hot yoga while in your infrared sauna. This could not only improve weight loss, but offers a host of other health benefits like flexibility and better sleep. If hot yoga sounds too strenuous, consider adding mild stretching to your sauna session. This low-impact workout is not only relaxing, but it helps raise your core temperature a bit more – effectively aiding in weight loss while in the sauna.

Q: What is the difference in steam sauna and infrared sauna for weight loss?
A: A traditional sauna uses wet or dry heat to warm the air around you, which induces sweating. This can aid in weight loss, but it has shown that the weight loss is mainly due to loss of water – or heavy sweating. An infrared sauna heats your body from the inside out, which allows you to stay in the sauna longer and increases your heart rate. Infrared sauna use results in more calories burned in a shorter period of time.

If you would like to learn more, visit us on the web at RespiraVita.com, or give us a call at 704-313-8678. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of infrared sauna and book a sauna session for you!

Disclaimer: Respira Vita is proud to feature Sunlighten Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas. The information provided in this blog are excerpts taken from the Sunlighten blog and/or website.

References:

  1. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009.
  2. 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.
  3. Ward Dean. Effect of Sweating. Journal of the American Medical Association, August 1981.
  4. 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.
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