Water Weight and Infrared Heat
Struggling to lose weight can be a frustrating endeavor, particularly when there’s no obvious explanation for it. One possibility that many people overlook is water retention. This condition means that your body is holding onto extra water in the tissue between your cells. Various factors can contribute to water retention, including your intake of salt, carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol, as well as your overall diet. However, don’t despair. Modifying these habits doesn’t necessarily mean you have to entirely revamp your lifestyle; it simply means focusing on healthier choices and limiting certain intakes to help you reach your weight loss goals.
Understanding Water Retention
When you notice a sudden weight gain, it’s essential to consider how your diet, activities, and liquid intake contribute to your body’s water retention. Excessive water retention often manifests in a general feeling of puffiness or bloating. But how can we combat this? Infrared heat may be the answer you’re looking for.
To gain a better understanding of water weight and how infrared heat can help eliminate it, we sought insight from our Clinical Director, Dr. Aaron Flickstein. “If you’re struggling to lose weight despite maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise, it might be because your bodily fluids are too acidic, or your body might be retaining water it doesn’t need,” explains Flickstein. This retention or acidity might be the result of stress, dietary habits, hormonal changes, or underlying health conditions. Consequently, weight loss and detoxification are often interlinked.
Debunking the Quick Fix Myth
Many people perceive water weight loss as a ‘quick fix’ for weight loss. However, this is a temporary solution at best. Infrared heat goes beyond simply reducing water weight. It facilitates weight loss through the process of perspiration. As your body breaks down fat cells, it transforms them into energy, which in turn powers sweat production. “Sweat generated due to infrared immersion can help your body expel fat, cholesterol, heavy metals, acids, and toxins that won’t be replaced when you rehydrate,” elaborates Flickstein. “These solid components can make up to 20% of the sweat volume produced, which is why the effects of an infrared session are so tangible.”
Detoxification and Metabolism Enhancement
The expulsion of fats and toxins allows your body to recalibrate its digestive processes and metabolic functions. This triggers the conversion of carbohydrates and fats directly into energy, while increasing blood flow to the capillaries. “Profuse sweating during a FIT Bodywrap session helps clear fat and toxic debris from the body through our skin’s pores,” Flickstein explains. “A reduction in the overall toxic load enables the body to rebalance its metabolism. For this reason, and several others, weight lost with infrared is more than merely water.”
Infrared Body Wrap Sessions
During an infrared body wrap session, infrared heat is generated near the body, inducing a higher level of perspiration than one would typically experience. “Infrared heat is unique because it can penetrate about 1.5 inches into the body, heating areas where fats and toxins have been stored without causing uncomfortable heat on the skin’s surface,” says Flickstein. “Many fats and toxins become soluble at temperatures just over 100 degrees, enabling these substances, including cholesterol, heavy metals, and acids, to be dissolved and excreted through our sweat, kidneys, and bodily functions.”
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does consuming plain water assist in reducing water weight?
Consuming plain or fruit-infused water throughout the day can help combat bloating and improve overall health. Sports drinks, juices, sodas, and alcoholic beverages often contain salts, sugars, and can have dehydrating effects.
- How often should I use infrared for weight loss?
Regular infrared sessions can help eliminate water weight while also purging fats and toxins that won’t be replaced as you hydrate. However, it’s important to remember that like any weight loss method, consistency and balance are key.
- How does infrared compare to traditional exercise for sweat composition?
Clinical research indicates that approximately 15%-20% of the sweat produced with infrared consists of undesirable fats and toxins, compared to 3-5% with normal exercise.
- Can infrared heat help with detoxification?
Yes, infrared heat promotes detoxification by encouraging the body to sweat out harmful substances like fats, cholesterol, heavy metals, acids, and toxins.
- Can infrared heat help with metabolism improvement?
Yes, the release of fats and toxins allows for the rebalancing of both your digestion and metabolism, triggering the conversion of carbs and fats directly to energy while increasing blood flow to the capillaries.
In conclusion, infrared heat offers a remarkable way to assist in weight loss. Not only does it help to shed water weight, but it also promotes the release of harmful substances from the body. Regular infrared sessions can be a powerful tool in your weight loss journey, so why not give it a try?