Weight Loss

Burn Calories in the Sauna

When you are relaxing in a Good Health Sauna, your body is actually working. This passive cardiovascular conditioning increases heart rate and metabolism, produces sweat, pumps blood and burns calories. Increased metabolism and weight loss. Boost your metabolism and increase weight Loss. Fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease!

Far Infrared heat generated in a sauna penetrates deep into your body (up to 2 inches deep) causing a heating effect deep in your muscles and organs. Your body then reacts by increasing your metabolic rate and raising your pulse as you start to sweat. As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This profuse sweating helps to increase your basal body temperature, which also increases your metabolism to work. With a higher metabolism, your body converts food into energy at a faster rate. By having a slower metabolism rate the body starts to store the energy in fat tissues, which, if not released through diet and exercise, will remain in the tissue and weight will be gained.

Weight Loss & Cardiovascular Benefits of the Infrared Sauna: As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall cardiovascular fitness. As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), August 7, 1981 “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 gms. in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal – the equivalent of running 2 – 3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 – 800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories consumed will not be.” Since an infrared sauna helps generate two to three times the sweat produced in a hot-air sauna, the implications for increased caloric consumption are quite impressive. In Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, we find that producing one gram of sweat requires 0.586 kcal. Burns 600 or more calories in just one 30-minute session! Calories a 150-pound person normally burns up in 30-minutes of exercise:

Sport/Calories Burned
  • Marathon Running/593
  • Vigorous Racquet Ball/510
  • Swimming (crawl stroke)/300
  • Jogging/300
  • Tennis (fast game)/265
  • Cycling (10 mph)/225
  • Golfing (without a cart)/150
  • Walking (3.5 mph)/150
  • Bowling/120

The JAMA citation referred to above goes on to state that, “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.” As a confirmation of the validity of this form of cardiovascular conditioning, extensive research by NASA in the early 1980’s led to the conclusion that, infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flights. An infrared sauna can therefore, play a pivotal role in both weight control and cardiovascular conditioning. This would be most valuable for those who don’t exercise and those who can’t exercise yet want an effective weight control and fitness maintenance program. This also allows for more variety in any ongoing training program. Some weight loss authorities believe that our bodies use fat to dilute toxins. As an infrared sauna is an unsurpassed expeller of toxins, it is also a great way to get rid of any fat our bodies are using to dilute toxins we are storing.

Weight Loss & Health Imbalances Improved with Infrared Saunas: The secret of infrared sauna weight loss? The infrared energy penetrates deep into your body – up to 2 inches deep. This deep penetration causes a heating effect deep in your muscles and your organs. It increases your metabolic rate. Your body will react. It does this by raising your pulse. And you start to sweat. You will easily drop as much as four pounds during one 30 minute infrared session! But hold on; don‘t rush out to buy an infrared cabin yet! You lose weight primarily because you lose fluids. This weight will return as soon as you drink. How can infrared sauna weight loss work then, you ask? Clever question. The answer is … You burn calories when you sweat. You can easily produce up to half a liter of transpiration during an average 30 minute infrared session. This is the equivalent of 300 Kcal, and all you have to do is sit and relax.

Your weight has nowhere to go but down and that‘s exactly what it will do. At least, that’s what the marketing guys will tell you 🙂 I strongly advise you to drink two or three glasses of water for every 15 minutes you are in the sauna. It may be tempting to enjoy the immediate sauna weight loss if you don‘t drink, but this will hurt your body. Make sure you drink enough so you don‘t dehydrate. Drink water. By drinking water you make sure you don‘t replenish the lost calories. Number of calories a 150 pound person normally burns up in 30 minutes of exercise:

Anyone being used to the heat in a sauna could easily burn 600 to 800 calories and you will lose weight much easier than in a traditional sauna because… the idea is that the infrared heat penetrates deeper into your body than the heat in an ordinary sauna. Because human fat starts to liquefy at 110 degrees F, subcutaneous fat can be released along with your sweat. Your pores are cleansed, your skin will become healthier and you get rid of all kinds of toxins that are accumulating in your body fat.

Getting rid of toxins is good. It corrects metabolic imbalances that were causing poor digestion and weight gain. And that brings us to another reason why infrared saunas are often mentioned as an effective weight loss help: Infrared sauna weight loss and detoxification of the body. You see, for many people, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating a well-balanced diet are sufficient to start losing weight.

If you look around, you will always find people who are a bit overweight, but who can relatively easily lose weight, provided that they start exercising and change their eating habits. On the other hand however, there are the individuals who can‘t seem to lose weight, no matter what they try. Whether they exercise or not, whether they starve themselves or not, it‘s like they have hit some kind of plateau where losing a few extra pounds seems impossible. Some people can eat crazy fattening things and stay thin while the same food makes other people fat. Which raises an interesting infrared sauna weight loss observation to make: Can the infrared sauna help our body so it is more like the other body? Many modern health professionals say that we have to start looking at health imbalances caused by toxins that are accumulating in our body. In our modern society we are exposed to all sorts of toxins, heavy metals, lead, mercury, aluminum, as well as other toxins such as alcohol and nicotine, which accumulate in our body over the years. If your body‘s natural health is out of balance, you will never be able to lose weight permanently. The idea that you need to lose weight to get healthy is being challenged today. More and more health professionals are telling you it is the reverse — you need to get healthy to lose weight.

As long as our body is in an alarm state, struggling to restore its natural balance, we will not be able to lose weight. Or it will be a frustrating fight. If you do lose weight, it will be very hard to do so. Infrared sauna weight loss is said to be facilitated by the excellent detoxification mechanism that eliminates the dangerous toxins from your body. Sweating allows our bodies to get rid of all sorts of toxins and allows our body to regain its self-healing, natural and balanced state of being. And that is another reason why the infrared sauna is often mentioned as an ideal companion on your pathway to a healthy and more energetic lifestyle. Beyond generating a higher metabolism rate, a Far Infrared Sauna assists in weight loss in three other significant ways:

It effectively reduces heavy metals which have been directly related to metabolic imbalances in the body causing poor digestion and weight gain.

It decreases fat stored (lipophilic) toxins. Often weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins are first removed.

Although weight loss due to perspiration (water loss) is quickly regained, sending more blood to the capillaries and converting fats and carbohydrates results in as much as 600 calories burned during one short session in a Far Infrared Sauna.