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Does Infrared Sauna Burn Visceral Fat?

The infrared sauna has gained in popularity in recent years as an aid to overall health and wellbeing. Over a century of traditional sauna use has been studied and its health benefits are still being explored and verified. The sauna has been studied for its benefits to a range of health issues from improving circulation to reducing stress. Now the 21st century sauna pioneered by FIT Bodywrap Infrared Sauna has captured the interest of sauna users. The question now being explored is whether the infrared sauna burn visceral fat.

What is Visceral Fat?

Visceral fat accumulates around the organs in the abdominal area. This type of fat is associated with a range of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. While diet and exercise are the most effective methods for reducing visceral fat, there is some evidence to suggest that infrared sauna may be a useful adjunct therapy.

There are several studies currently being conducted to examine the effects of infrared sauna on body composition and fat loss. Some small sample studies have been completed and according to a March 2021 article posted by Transformational Health Centers, “according to information published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, infrared sauna weight loss sessions were shown to burn up to 600 calories. 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, burning more calories, leading to more weight loss.” 

So how does infrared sauna help with fat loss, and specifically with reducing visceral fat? One theory is that the heat generated by the sauna helps to increase the body’s metabolic rate. When the body is exposed to high temperatures, it works harder to maintain a stable internal temperature, which can lead to an increase in energy expenditure. This increase in metabolic rate may help to burn more calories, leading to overall fat loss.

Another possible mechanism is through the activation of heat shock proteins. Heat shock proteins are a type of protein that are produced in response to stress, including heat stress. These proteins have been shown to play a role in the regulation of metabolism and energy balance and may help to increase the breakdown of fat cells.

Many studies are underway following the results of key research including, Activation of heat shock response to treat obese subjects with type 2 diabetes: a prospective, frequency-escalating, randomized, open-label, triple-arm trial, published online 2016 Oct 19 and posted in the National Library of medicine. 

It’s important to note that while there is some evidence to suggest that infrared sauna may be useful for reducing visceral fat, it should not be relied on as the sole method for fat loss. Diet and exercise are still the most effective ways to reduce body fat, including visceral fat. However, infrared sauna may be a useful adjunct therapy for those looking to boost their fat loss efforts.

Fit Bodywrap Infrared Sauna Offers a Relaxing Experience

 In addition to its potential fat-burning benefits, infrared sauna has been shown to have a range of other health benefits. It may help to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and boost immune function. It may also help to reduce stress levels and improve mental health.

The research to fully understand the effects of infrared sauna on visceral fat is intensifying which will bring more clarity and hard evidence to the issue. For those that are already unable to exercise due to physical and health issues using the FIT Bodywrap Infrared Sauna to burn visceral fat is a 21st century option. With 4 temperature-controlled heat zones the innovative FIT Bodywrap system offers a relaxing, comfortable way to stay or become healthy. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning a new regimen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are infrared saunas a standalone solution for burning visceral fat?

No, infrared saunas should be used in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular exercise for effective fat loss, including visceral fat.

Are there any additional benefits of using an infrared sauna while targeting visceral fat?

Yes, infrared saunas offer relaxation, improved circulation, and detoxification benefits in addition to potential fat loss.


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