Posted by Sunlighten on 9 February 2016

'Sweating it out' Pt.4 - Weight Loss

In recent posts, we have covered the potential wellness outcomes of infrared saunas. We have discussed detoxification, skin health and pain relief. Today, we are going to delve deeper into weight loss.

How can a sauna help you drop weight?

First of all, infrared sauna therapy must be practiced to see change. Being consistent with your sessions is the best way to see great results.

The key ingredient of sauna weight loss is a new technology called Solocarbon™ heating. This provides a blend of 3-in-1 infrared wavelengths based on over 56 research studies!

Stepping back. Here is an explanation of near, mid and far wavelengths (and the potential benefits of each). 

infrared sauna wavelenghts

Sunlighten’s mPulse sauna has a weight loss program formulated by using mid and far infrared wavelengths.

Research Studies 

Research and Development has been conducted around the different wavelengths of the infrared spectrum. It has shown that different wavelengths can assist with physiological responses for potential wellness outcomes.

1) 2009 Study - Infrared saunas helped lower weight and waist circumference. This was over a three-month period¹.  The theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was like moderate exercise. They claimed it was "much more relaxing”.

2) Weight loss information was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.²

3) During a sauna weight loss session, core temperatures increase. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This helps burn more calories.³

Athletes and fitness competitors use saunas to manage weight

Infrared saunas have been beneficial for many athletes. A regular visitor to the South Melbourne Wellness Rooms is bodybuilding competitor Richie Milne. He used infrared saunas as part of his preparation for the Natural Olympia in Las Vegas. 

richie fitness infrared saunas

“What assisted me in dropping body fat were my regular infrared saunas at Sunlighten. This assisted in flushing out toxins, increased circulation and metabolism and burnt calories”. 

He had a taxing journey down to a low body fat percentage. It is understandable that not everybody is looking for that extent of loss. But none the less, infrared saunas can help burn calories for everyday people.

Chloe Georgievski, has been using infrared saunas at our Wellness Rooms.  Her goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games for Taekwondo. 

Infrared saunas are beneficial for helping achieve her competition weight. Her training regime can also lead to fatigue and muscle soreness. So saunas can help to rejuvenate and recover well.

Our recommendation to assist weight loss

Balancing your gut is essential to the removal of toxins. To assist, we recommend bringing your digestive system back into balance. Support your body’s natural detox pathways with balanceME.

Have you experienced any weight loss improvements through using saunas? 

We’d love for you to share it in the comments below.

Looking to speak to one of our friendly consultants? Feel free to contact us on 1800 786 544.


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1 Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. 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. 
2 Journal of the American Medical Association, August 1981. Dean W (August 1981). "Effect of sweating" (PDF). JAMA 246 (6): 623. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320060027013. PMID 7253113
3 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.
*Sunlighten does not provide medical advice. We recommend you consult with a health care practitioner if you are unsure if using an infrared sauna is right for you. For best results, our saunas should be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise program. Individual results may vary.

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