Sauna Weight Loss
Saunaing: the habit you’ll enjoy creating.
The most current research shows behavior change techniques are now critical to weight management programs.1 Sunlighten saunas are beautiful, enjoyable experiences using infrared light to heat your body from the inside instead of heating the air. Infrared saunas can do more for the body’s health in a more pleasant environment (between 43 and 54 degrees) than the harsh suffocating heat of traditional saunas (82-99 degrees). Built-in chromotherapy lights create body-balancing beauty and calm.
Listen to music or watch a favorite show while the infrared light therapy does its work at the cellular level to expel toxins, increase circulation, spark metabolism, burn calories and help decrease waist size.
Sweat off those last stubborn pounds or break a plateau.
Sauna’s cardiovascular benefits are like a cardio workout.
A 2019 study compared participants’ cardiovascular effects in a sauna and on an exercise bike. The increase in heart rate was similar to a short, moderate workout. Researchers stated, "A sauna session is a physical strain. Its long-term positive effects are comparable to sports activities."2 The focus was on the benefits to the heart and cardiovascular system, rather than weight loss or muscle development. We call it a “passive cardio workout.”
Release toxins and reduce inflammation.
Studies have shown that sauna therapy can release environmental toxins stored in fat tissues that can prevent weight loss.3 Heavy metals and fat-soluble chemicals like PCBs, PBBs and HCBs can trigger the body to protect itself, resulting in the immune system’s inflammatory response."4,5 Infrared sauna therapy heats the body at the cellular level, helping to detoxify the body and reduce inflammation.
Relieve stress and lower cortisol.
Studies have shown the direct connection between stress, cortisol and weight gain. Chronic stress leads to cortisol production in large amounts, which leads to obesity and weight gain.6 Dr. Amy Myers recommends infrared sauna for weight loss to help break the connection between cortisol and weight gain by naturally relieving stress. Stress relief lowers cortisol, which can help create a healthy metabolism, thus contributing to weight loss.
Increase cellular metabolism.
People often report feeling energized after infrared sauna sessions. Cells need energy to perform their best, just like our bodies need energy to function. Near infrared stimulates cellular energy when the body’s energy-producing cells absorb the light energy (photons) and produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which fuels all cells.7 This can increase cell health and performance throughout the body and all of its systems.
As part of an overall plan, an infrared sauna is a helpful weight management tool.
Having healthy body composition and waist size help us live a longer, healthier life. A Mayo Clinic pooled study showed that waist circumference is a critical factor for assessing the risk of premature death.5 As part of an overall program of nutrition, behavior change and exercise, a sauna can help achieve health goals. A study of diabetic patients attending three 20-minute sauna sessions per week over three months showed a decrease in waist circumference, suggesting benefit to regular sauna use.8
Which sauna is right for me?
Choosing a sauna to add to your wellness routine means looking at your lifestyle and your health goals to find the sauna that will be the best fit. We'd love to help you do that! Whether it's relaxation you’re craving or deep detoxification, Sunlighten infrared saunas will help you achieve your wellness desires. From weight loss to muscle recovery and skin rejuvenation, our patented infrared technology will restore your body and your mind. Select your health benefit need(s) and how many people you want room for in your sauna to learn which options are best for you.
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Be encouraged: the cardio benefits of infrared saunas offer a form of heart exercise.
Saunaing actually offers a real solution to getting your heart working without demanding physical strain. Studies support the value of a sauna session as a form of cardiovascular exercise that we call “passive cardio” because it allows you to sit back and relax while your heart gets pumping.
2. Ketelhut S, Ketelhut RG. The blood pressure and heart rate during sauna bath correspond to cardiac responses during submaximal dynamic exercise. Complement Ther Med. 2019 Jun;44:218-222. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.05.002. Epub 2019 May 2. PMID: 31126559
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4. Chen, L., Deng, H., Cui, H., Fang, J., Zuo, Z., Deng, J., Li, Y., Wang, X., & Zhao, L. (2017). Inflammatory responses and inflammation-associated diseases in organs. Oncotarget, 9(6), 7204–7218. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23208
5. Cerhan, James R et al. “A pooled analysis of waist circumference and mortality in 650,000 adults.” Mayo Clinic proceedings vol. 89,3 (2014): 335-45. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2013.11.011
6. Stress and Obesity: Are There More Susceptible Individuals?. Eline S. van der Valk, et al. Current Obesity Reports. 2018.
8. Volume 34, Issue 2, p113-118, January 1, 2010 Do Far-infrared Saunas Have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes, Richard Beever, BSc MD CCFP CI DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S1499-2671(10)42007-9