Does a Sauna Belt Really Work?

By Jacob Burney

Sauna belts are another "quick-fix" weight-loss product. Advertisers claim the belts allow you to lose weight while you do housework, drive to work, or even watch TV. It's common knowledge, however, that there is no quick and easy way to lose weight. Don't let advertisers convince you otherwise.

Claims

Advertisers claim the belts promote fat loss in the "trouble" areas of your body, like your abs, back of your arms, and thighs. The belts heat up like a sauna, and increase heat and perspiration at these points, supposedly allowing you to "sweat" off the fat.

Spot Reduction

You cannot "spot reduce" fat on your body. Through diet and exercise, you lose fat all over your body at a consistent rate.

Reality

The sauna belt is like the electro-belt popular in the 1990s; the device does not work. There is no substitute for disciplined diet and quality exercise. Full body saunas do increase body heat and calorie expenditure, but sauna belts are too small to lower your body's fat reserves.

Suggestions

Increasing your body heat is a proven way to expedite the weight loss process. Wrestlers and boxers use body heating techniques, sometimes to dangerous extremes. Go jogging with a sweat suit on, and/or exercise outside at noon, the hottest time of day. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, and stop exercising if you feel faint, dizzy, or intense pain. Remember, losing fat takes time and diligence. Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise routine.

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About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Jacob Burney has been writing professionally since 2005. He has written articles for "Broncos GameDay" magazine and the 2007 "South Pacific Games." He has also written several approved grant proposals. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bucknell University with minors in philosophy and religion.

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