Using a sauna suit while exercising to facilitate weight loss has generated great interest. While it's definitely true that calories are shed, the effect is temporary, at best, leading to debate on whether this practice should be followed. Here, we will delve a little deeper into this topic and understand the pros and cons of using this suit for weight loss.
Sauna Suits for Losing Weight
When a sauna suit is used in the recommended manner, the temperature of the body increases. This suit raises the temperature of the body in the same manner a real sauna does.
Under conditions of raised temperature, the body reacts in two ways. One, the thermal regulation system of the body comes into action and works to lower the temperature to normal by inducing sweat. And two, when the body sweats, it loses water that is present in the cells, and by losing water, the body loses weight.
This particular manner of raising the body's temperature, making it sweat and lose water is especially helpful for those who are overweight due to water retention and bloating. Secondly, the rise in the temperature of the body speeds up the rate of metabolism, increasing the consumption of calories in the body. This way the sauna suit leads to weight loss.
The increased temperatures of the body lead to increase in the blood flow throughout the body. This is highly beneficial for all the vital organs of the body such as the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, etc.
Increased blood circulation leads to effective functioning of all bodily functions. This contributes to keeping a person healthy. In addition, the increased blood flow causes the skin to glow and makes it radiant. The raised body temperature helps the body kill many pathogenic bacteria and viruses, and thus assists the disease-fighting ability of the body.
Sauna suits open the pores of the skin and lead to weight loss, thus, in the process, toxins are also eliminated along with the water from the body. The substances that are flushed out with the use of sauna suits are mercury, sodium, lead, and sulfuric acid―thereby leading to a detoxification of the body, which in turn brings a glow to the skin.
Using a sauna suit is very comfortable, unwinding and relaxing. It relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, relieves headaches and boosts a person's mood. Thereby bringing about a general feeling of well-being.
This practice of flushing out toxins from the body is carried through with a process called body wrapping. In this, the patient is wrapped with bandages saturated with mineral and herbal preparations and is then asked to wear a sauna suit.
Precautions to be Undertaken
While it is true that exercising with a sauna suit helps in instant weight loss, the results are temporary. Along with that, there are certain other factors that need to be understood and precautions that need to be followed before using a sauna suit for weight loss.
First, the weight loss benefits that are derived from using sauna suits or sauna accessories are mainly due to loss of fluids from the body. These can be easily regained upon sufficient water intake.
Secondly, the suit works on the main principle of raising the temperature of the body and leading to excessive sweating. This practice can lead to dehydration and cause heat strokes, which may also prove to be fatal if proper precautions are not taken.
It is therefore recommended that the suit should not be used without a consultation from, and under the proper guidance of, a physician or physical trainer. Moreover, it is recommended that the suit should not be used for extreme physical exercises, which only increases the health risks associated with it further.
Though these suits help in instant weight loss, the results are temporary. Moreover, there are several precautions that one needs to undertake before using these suits. A failure to do of which could lead to serious health effects. Hence, it is recommended that the use of sauna suit should be done only as an aid to weight loss, and not as the central focus.
Disclaimer: The information given is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.