Sweat suits increase the amount you sweat during your workout.

Wearing Sweat Suits During a Workout

by William McCoy

If you're short on time but determined to shed pounds, it's tempting to take shortcuts. A shortcut that some people take it to exercise in a rubber sauna suit, which quickly increases your body's temperature. Although such a workout will make you sweat heavily, it's dangerous and won't help you burn fat.

Water Weight

Although it's true that you'll often sweat more profusely during vigorous exercise, the excess sweat you'll experience while wearing a sauna suit is a product of your body's rising temperature, not the intensity of your workout. The excess sweat your body secretes can make you lose weight quickly, but the weight you lose is water weight. Military.com reports you'll regain any weight you lost during the workout upon eating or drinking afterward.

Health Concerns

Wearing a sauna suit during your workout won't help you burn fat any quicker and can lead to a number of health issues. Military.com warns that the increase in your body temperature can result in heatstroke, kidney damage and even death. A 2010 article in "The New York Times" reports some athletes have died after wearing a sauna suit while attempting to lose weight.

Use Among Athletes

Although your doctor will likely caution against ever wearing a sauna suit, some athletes use this apparel before they compete. In sports that feature weight classes, such as boxing and wrestling, a fighter must weigh under a specific amount before competing. If a fighter is too heavy at the time of the weigh-in, he might consider donning a sauna suit and exercising in an attempt to lose water weight and thus make weight for the fight. The athlete will do so under the care of a doctor and will always rehydrate after making weight. Doing so isn't safe, but athletes take such measures to meet their contractual obligations. During the 2008 Olympics Games, wrestler Daniel Cormier went into kidney failure as he cut weight for competition, notes an article in "USA Today."

Don't Take Shortcuts

As enticing as it might be to try wearing a sauna suit during your workout, there is no shortcut to replace regular exercise and a healthy diet. Aim to spend at least 300 minutes per week performing aerobic exercises, add at least two strength-training sessions and consume a healthy diet. By doing so you'll increase your likelihood of losing weight without jeopardizing your health.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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