If you have a sauna or are considering purchasing one, in addition to the overall health benefits of basking in heat, you can also enjoy weight loss benefits.
Using a sauna alone won’t produce dramatic weight loss results but, as part of a healthy lifestyle, can enhance the effects of diet and exercise.
Today we’ll explore five ways you can use a sauna to lose weight and, when you’re ready to purchase a sauna for your home or upgrade to a new infrared model, contact Black Pine Spas to see our array of stylish and affordable saunas for your home.
#1 Water Weight
The most immediate benefit of a sauna is water weight loss. Because the intense heat makes you sweat, you’ll lose excess water stored in your body. You can lose up to five pounds in a single session but, as you rehydrate, most of the weight will come back.
However, if you need to shed a couple of pounds quickly, a sauna can help.
For instance, if you need to drop a couple of pounds for a job, insurance or sports weigh-in or if you need to fit into a snug dress for an event, a sauna offers a quick trim down.
Sweating helps flush the toxins and impurities from your body. But, for most people, our everyday activities don’t generate enough sweat to seriously purge out these unhealthy substances. Sweating also helps flush out heavy metals such as lead, zinc, copper, nickel and mercury that can be absorbed through foods or environmental factors.
Detoxification clears out the lymphatic system and helps your body burn fat more effectively, gives you more energy for exercise and can speed up weight loss.
#3 Increased Metabolism
When you’re exposed to intense heat or cold, your body has to work harder and your heart rate will increase by up to 30%. This boosts your metabolism – the rate at which you burn calories. Experts estimate that the high heat of a sauna (around 150 degrees) will boost your metabolic rate by roughly 20%.
This effect will last while you are in the sauna and for a couple of hours afterward. To keep the fat burning effects going, try to work up to a 30 minute sauna every day.
#4 Stress Reduction
Stress is a known cause of weight gain and a barrier to weight loss. Tension not only encourages you to eat but increases production of cortisol which makes your body crave calories and makes it tougher to shed pounds.
Basking in a sauna helps you get into a meditative state, reduce stress and can release endorphins – the happy hormones that counteract cortisol. Those with lower stress levels are less likely to overeat and more likely to engage in healthy activities.
#5 Increased Exercise Capacity
One of the barriers to effective exercise is your breathing capacity. Time spent in the sauna can help reduce the effects of respiratory problems, increase respiratory function and can increase production of the vasodilator nitric oxide.
Vasodilators dilate blood vessels which increases blood flow. This can improve your exercise capacity meaning you can work out more intensely or for longer which, naturally, leads to increased weight loss.
To make the most of the weight loss benefits associated with a sauna, you should start with 15 to 20 minute sessions a couple of times a week and build up to daily sessions. The easiest way to do this is to invest in a sauna for your home.
That way you can bask after a stressful day, first thing in the morning to purge toxins before you start your day or any time you want to flush out some sweat, recharge your batteries and boost your health and mood.
Come to Black Pine Spas to check out the wide selection of both traditional and infrared saunas at our Edmonds showroom on Lake Ballinger Way. Or you can call (425) 771-5774 or (800) 896-5405 to schedule an in-home consultation on what size