I’ve been in battle for 1130 days.
Just say “no” to the sauna suit!
I cannot help myself! I’ve got to talk about this and get it off my chest. Twice in the last week I’ve seen someone wearing a “sauna suit” at the gym. What the heck is a sauna suit? It’s a nylon (vinyl or rubber) suit that people wear with the hopes of losing weight. I should mention that wearing one of these suits in a sauna could be deadly.
Sellers of this or similar products claim that wearing the sauna suit while working out will rid your body of excess water weight and melt away unwanted body fat. News flash! Our bodies are made up of 70% water. We need water. If we shed water our bodies will work to replace it as soon as possible since our bodies (organs) need water to function. Losing water weight is NOT losing weight!
Do these suits help burn fat quicker? Most of the articles I found attribute the weight loss to water weight not fat. They do agree that when used in moderation sweating out toxins is beneficial. Most of the articles caution that use of the sauna suit may result in dehydration, heat stroke or other serious conditions that could require medical attention.
I want to walk up to the people who wear these suits and shake them! I’m always thankful when the firemen and women are working out at the same time I see someone in one of these suits because I expect one of them to pass out eventually.
The only time wearing one of these suits might be appropriate is when an athlete is preparing to weigh in for an event that requires him/her to meet a specific weight range. And even so…isn’t it almost like cheating? Believe me the people wearing these suits at the gym are not athletes preparing for a big event weigh in.
Here’s some info that I took from Amazon about this product:
Please ensure you drink plenty of fluids before, during and after activity. Use caution when using this product, dehydration can be dangerous if the body is not constantly re-hydrated during workout. In the event you experience any dizziness or discomfort during exercise or activity whilst wearing the suit, stop immediately, remove the suit and consult with a doctor/physician or seek emergency medical assistance. Do not use this product in extreme hot temperatures e.g. a sauna. No liability or responsibility is assumed by the manufacturer or retailer for any injury or death incurred as a result of using this product.
I found nearly the same text on a website of a company that sells the same product by a different name. But they go one step further and sell a cream to use with your suit. They claim that the cream opens your pores. Oh my!
I don’t know about you but this week with the 100 + degrees in Vegas I’m sweating plenty during my workouts. No sauna suit for me…thanks!
Until tomorrow! Kathi