Sauna Suit Second Sweat Attempt!

I have a feeling that when Will Ferrell sang “Love me Sexy” in Semi Pro as Jackie Moon, he was wearing a sauna suit when he exclaimed:

“Lets fill a bathtub full of sweat”

This week I decided to once again don the sauna suit in the gym, with a few minor adjustments, tweaks if you will, that worked. Initially.

Firstly, given that Nasser Sports is also having a year end sale, and that they have a huge branch just a few minutes away from me, I picked up 2 pairs (i.e. 4 pieces) of wrist bands. What I did was I slipped one wrist band on my wrist, then the sauna suit goes on that, then the second wrist band goes OVER the first, effectively creating a wrist band sandwich .

There I was, happily pulling at the fitness machine, feeling the perspiration congregate in the recesses of the sauna suit.

However, one thing I could not envision was that all that perspiration has to go somewhere. Sauna suits need a drainage system!

Still, we have more kinks to iron out, but the main question is; does the Sauna Suit actually PROMOTE weight loss, or does it just make you sweat out excess water and toxins, effectively keeping you healthy but not doing much in terms of weight loss?

Here is what the experts say:

Results

Exercising in a sauna suit, especially in a warm room or outdoors in summer, causes you to sweat profusely. According to Sharron Coplin, a Human Nutrition specialist with the Ohio State University Extension, you’ll lose about 1 lb. of weight for every pint of fluid you lose. Wrestlers, in particular, use sauna suits to lose weight before matches, according to Mike Viscardi, writing for Vanderbilt University.

Aftermath

By exercising while wearing a sauna suit, you are essentially dehydrating your body. As soon as you drink fluids, you replace the water you lost, and regain the pounds lost as well. Real weight loss takes time. Dr. Donald Hensrud, writing for MayoClinic.com, advises that a safe rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 lbs. a week.

Dangers

Sweating in a sauna suit can lead to dehydration, kidney failure and even death. In 1997 and 1998, three wrestlers died in separate incidents in which they were exercising while wearing rubber suits in an attempt to lose weight, reports Viscardi. Excessive sweating leads to electrolyte imbalances in your body. You could suffer heat stroke or a heart attack as a result of your body overheating.

Alternatives

Safe weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs. a week requires burning more calories than you consume. If you consume 500 fewer calories each day, in a week you will have lost 1 lb. You may lose more weight the first week, but this is mostly water weight, according to Sharron Coplin. Instead of sweating off water in a sauna suit, try drinking more water to lose weight. Brenda Day, a researcher at Virginia Tech, found that people who drank 2 cups of water before every meal lost an average of 5 lbs. over 12 weeks, with no other changes in their habits.

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