Infrared Sauna Weight Loss & Clinical Studies
Heat therapy benefits the body in numerous ways and one of the biggest benefits is weight loss. Many gyms and health spas include saunas as part of their amenities because of the weight loss benefit.
What causes sauna weight loss? How do traditional and infrared saunas compare for shedding weight? What is the research? See the answers to these questions below
Sauna Weight Loss Studies
A two-phase, sauna weight loss study conducted by Binghamton University in New York revealed that an increase in core body temperature resulted in a decrease in body fat. It concluded that people who used a Clearlight Premier IS-3 infrared sauna three times a week for 30 minutes per session dropped an average of 4 percent body fat over a four-month period. For a 175-pound man, that represents a weight reduction of seven pounds.
Participants who experienced infrared sauna weight loss did not change their exercise or diet patterns during the study. Control groups in the study who did not use the Clearlight Sauna® showed no drop in weight. The study findings illustrate the significant boost that infrared therapy provides for our weight loss goals.
Benefits of Sauna Weight Loss
Losing weight requires a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a magic number we must all aim for in order to be healthy. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, a weight loss of 5-10 percent greatly benefits a person’s overall health. This achievable goal can improve cholesterol levels, alleviate hypertension, prevent diabetes, aid in combating sleep apnea and inflammation of the body, and reduce stress.
Stress is often a hidden contributor to struggles with losing weight. High stress levels contribute to the fat we hold in our mid-sections, especially the belly, hips, and thighs which makes us feel sluggish and quite literally weighs us down. When stress contributes to weight loss, it cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. By using a far infrared sauna as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan, you may experience a noticeable difference in how you look and feel and you will notice your stress melt away.
Weight Loss by Sauna Type
Traditional saunas ease sore muscles and increase blood flow in a room typically heated to 180-220°F. This provides a great environment to relax and unwind. While beneficial, traditional saunas heat only the room you are sitting in and not your body directly. This makes weight loss by a traditional sauna limited when compared to an infrared sauna. This is an important distinction as the body stores toxins in fat cells and this may effect your bodies ability to lose weight. Infrared saunas target these toxins.
In contrast, an infrared sauna session heats your body directly raising your core body temperature as your body absorbs the infrared heat. This boosts your cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems creating a fat based sweat to help your body detox. Using your infrared sauna you are able to eliminate toxins while energizing your body in a safe, comfortable way.
Far infrared heat has also been found to slightly increase human growth hormone production (HGH) and lower cortisol levels which aids in greater weight loss and overall better health. The end result is safe and effective infrared sauna weight loss and lots of additional health benefits.
Toxins and Weight Loss
In addition to hindering weight loss, too many toxins can make the body feel fatigued, cause muscle aches and pains and lead to skin reactions like acne breakouts or rashes.
In the featured video below Dr. Raleigh Duncan, founder and designer of our Clearlight Sauna® models, explain the direct relationship between weight loss and the toxins called obesogens as well as the chemical BPA. He explains that as a fat cell becomes toxic the cell cannot lose the fat even when you are eating really well and exercising.
Dr. Duncan states, “The sauna gets the toxins out and then the fat will start to come off. That’s how the whole system works.”
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I’ve had the Clearlight sauna in operation for 2 weeks now and my wife and I are loving it. It has helped her rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis pain immensely – she’s in it every day. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is the improvement in the quality of my sleep. I go to sleep more readily when I retire, sleep sounder, and don’t get up in the night as often as I did pre-sauna. I was out of town this week for 3 nights and really could tell a difference in sleep quality since I did not have it available.
Richard, Murfreesboro, TN
The sauna is up, assembled, plugged in and we started using it over the weekend. We are thrilled with it. I really could not be happier. My doctor had recommended that I try one at a local body care place before we invested in our own. The one they have there is not a Clearlight and it’s fine but the Clearlight Sauna is much nicer. The Clearlight just seems to be higher quality overall. It’s better built and more comfortable as well. I am glad we got the three-person size. When G and I are in there together we have room to spread out a little.
A contractor friend of ours was over to visit and he pointed out details in the woodworking of the cabinet I would not have noticed otherwise. He was very impressed. Thanks!
MG, Portland, OR
I’ve owned and used my Clearlight Sauna for about three months now and thought I’d let you know my impressions regarding its effectiveness and value. I absolutely love my sauna! Thank you for selling such a wonderful and effective product! My Clearlight sauna has made a very positive and significant improvement in my overall health and quality of life. I have only one major regret – I wish I had purchased it many years ago, so I could have started reaping the benefits of using it that much sooner. The main benefits I’ve noticed from using the sauna are:
1. Better recovery from exercise – I used to have sore shoulder joints after weight training (I’m 54). Now, I hit the sauna after weight training and I don’t get sore shoulders anymore. I also seem to recover faster from exercise (my muscles don’t get sore).
2. Increased well-being – I now have a tremendous amount of energy. I seem to need less sleep and I feel full of life. I attribute this improvement to the resultant reduction in body toxins from using the sauna.
3. Decreased body fat – After using this sauna for three months my waist is about one inch smaller than before. This could have been caused by a variety of factors (such as all the extra water I drink in the sauna), but the fact is that I didn’t lose that body fat until after I started using the sauna.
My Clearlight sauna is a first-class product and it works every bit as well as you claimed on your website. Now that I’ve owned and used a Clearlight Sauna, I look forward to purchasing another sauna from you sometime in the future… and this time I’ll buy your top-of-the-line model. I trust your company and product that much, but only because you’ve earned that trust. Thanks, again, for selling me such a terrific sauna!
I have epilepsy and went for my 6 month check-up and the doctor walks in and first thing he says is wow you look great! You have a glow about you and look so healthy. I told him about the sauna and how I am sleeping better and feeling good. He said to keep it up and he wants to get one for himself.
LY, Esko, MN
Our Clearlight IR sauna arrived a few days ago. My 17 yr. old son and I put it together in about 30 minutes. It is just beautiful, like a piece of furniture. My whole family has used the sauna several times and it is wonderful. I will admit that I was initially a bit skeptical about having a good sweat at lower temperatures. Now I am totally converted. My wife never liked traditional saunas because they are such a hot and “hostile” environment. She has used our Clearlight Sauna every day since it arrived and loves it.
As a healthcare provider, I have been familiar with the health benefits of IR light for years. I appreciated that Clearlight Saunas didn’t just talk about the potential benefits but provided references for the recent research regarding these benefits.
Thanks again for all your help. It was a pleasure working with you. Your customer service is beyond my expectations. That is something that doesn’t happen very often.
JA, Doctor of Chiropractic
Las Vegas, NV