According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are clinically obese.1 Unfortunately, obesity is not simply a cosmetic concern: it also significantly increases the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, breathing disorders and even cancer. Overall quality of life may be greatly diminished, and psychological complications such as depression, anxiety, and social isolation may develop.2
Fortunately, even a modest amount of weight loss can greatly minimize the risk of obesity-related disease. Implementing lifestyle changes such as eating healthy and working out regularly can help prevent serious health complications by promoting weight loss. The addition of sauna therapy to a weight-loss program has also been proven to be of immense benefit, as an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that just one 30-minute sauna session could burn up to 600 calories:
“A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2-3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can sweat off 600-800 kcal with no adverse effects.”3
Saunas, like aerobic activity, stimulate weight loss by placing a thermal strain on the cardiovascular system, which responds to the stress by increasing heart-rate (up to double that of resting heart rate4), and increasing cardiac output by 70%.5 In addition, there is also an increase in both metabolic rate and oxygen consumption, similar to that of moderate exercise.6 The result? Calories are expended, leading to a trimmer waistline and weight loss.
Tired of spending money and effort on diet pills and shakes that just do not seem to cut it? Or costly gym memberships that you have to force yourself to use? Give one of our customer service associates a call at (800) 528-3110 to find out how a JNH Lifestyles sauna can help you achieve all of your weight-loss goals.
1 Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Fryar, C. D., & Flegal, K. M. (2015, November). Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2011-2014. NCHS Data Brief, 219.
2 Staff, B. M. (n.d.). Obesity Complications. Retrieved September 08, 2016, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/basics/complications/con-20014834
3 Dean, W. (1981). Effect of sweating. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 246(6), 623-623. doi:10.1001/jama.246.6.623.
4 Kauppinen, K. (1989, April). Sauna, shower, and ice water immersion. Physiological responses to brief exposures to heat, cool and cold. Part II. Circulation. Arctic Med Res, 48(2), 64-74.
5 Kukkonen-Harjula, K., Oja, P., Laustiola, K., Vuori, I., Jolkkonen, J., Siitonen, S., & Vapaatalo, H. (1989). Haemodynamic and hormonal responses to heat exposure in a Finnish sauna bath. European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology Europ. J. Appl. Physiol., 58(5), 543-550. doi:10.1007/bf02330710
6 Vuori, I. (1988). Sauna bather's circulation. Ann Clin Res, 20(4), 249-256.
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