I had an old friend send me a message to ask me about sweats suits A.K.A. sauna suits. They wanted to know if sweat suits can help you reach your goals of weight loss faster. My friend knows they make you sweat and lose water weight, but is it possible the sweat suit heats up your body and it helps burn more fat??
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The short answer: No. Sweat suits do not help you burn fat faster.
The long answer is: Burning fat is a complicated process and there are a lot of variables that occur during the process, most of which are not directly related to sweating. The amount of fat burned depends on which energy system your body is currently utilizing for fuel. Let’s talk about this in further detail under two situations, exercise and everyday life.
The fuel system your body is using can be estimated by your heart rate. If your heart rate is between 60-70% of your max heart rate your body is using more fat than carbs for fuel. The higher your heart rate goes the more your body switches from fats to carbs as its primary source of fuel. Does this mean that when you exercise you should stay in the fat burn zone when you exercise? No, because it’s about the number of calories you burn while working out that matters, not where those calories came from. The bottom line is the harder you work, and the higher your heart rate, the more calories you will burn. This leads to more weight loss. In this aspect, sweating is just a byproduct of hard work.
During everyday life:
The fuel system your body is currently using depends on your blood glucose levels. When you eat, your blood glucose increases, which means you have more energy in your blood stream. Carbs are easily converted into glucose by the body; because of this, they are the body’s primary source of fuel. If a person restricts their intake of carbs through a low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, or starving, the body must go to its back-up source for fuel. This back up is fat that is stored in the body. In order for the body to convert fat into a usable fuel source, it must make a byproduct that is excreted in the urine. These byproducts are called ketone bodies. So, when you hear the phrase ketosis, it means the body is metabolizing fat to use as fuel, therefore burning fat.
Sweat suits do increase your body temperature and make you sweat, which can result in loss of water weight. However, this weight loss is temporary, and the only thing this accomplishes is dehydration. As soon as you drink water you will rehydrate and gain the weight right back. Overheating your body can be very dangerous and lead to heat stroke, heart attack, and/or death.
Whether or not you should start a keto-diet is another post for another time. The bottom line is: apart from looking like a sweet 1960s spaceman, the sweat suit does nothing for you!Tags: diet, exercise, keto, sweat, weight loss