Metabolism | Weight Loss in a Far Infrared Sauna

Submitted by Dr. Cory Hewko

Looking for a quick and easy way to shed a few pounds? Try sweating away those calories and slimming that waist line by relaxing with Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.). Not only will you be increasing your metabolism, you will also be detoxifying your body of toxic chemicals and substances such as lead, zinc, nickel and mercury that have been absorbed, inhaled or ingested into your body.

While you are relaxing in a far infrared sauna, the heat generated is being absorbed deep into the body. There is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate while using a far infrared sauna. Because the body expends energy to produce sweat (1g sweat requires 0.586 kcal), this means that your body can safely burn up to 300 to 500 calories in just one 30 minute session, with sweat loss equivalent to running 10-15km.

As an added benefit, your basal metabolic rate rises, meaning you will burn calories at an elevated rate for hours after your session has finished. This can translate to a benefit of up to 800 calories from a single session.

With that said, engaging in 30 minutes of exercise at least 3-5 times per week and eating a wellbalanced diet is still part of a healthy lifestyle and should not be solely replaced by using Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.).