CAN WORKOUT CLOTHES REALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

According to the research “Prevalence and Trends in Obesity Among US Adults,” published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” one-third of American adults were obese in 2007-2008. According to these figures and the abundance of fast-selling devices and gizmos that promise instant weight loss with little to no work on your side, a sizable segment of the American population is preoccupied with losing weight. However, just a few types of apparel that claim weight loss promises genuinely help you burn fat.

WORKOUT CLOTHES

The only known, safe, long-term technique for weight loss, according to the Medline Plus article “Tips for Losing Weight,” is to create a caloric deficit by lowering your calorie intake or increasing your activity levels. Comfortable workout clothing increases the likelihood of you continuing to exercise frequently and burning fat. They’re comfortable to wear and don’t bind at the joints, giving you plenty of space to move around. The finest exercise clothing also drains perspiration away from your skin to keep you cool and dry, as well as provide enough insulation if you’re working out in the cold.

WEIGHTED VESTS

The more calories you burn and the more fat you shed, the harder you work out. In order to shed a pound of body fat, you will have to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume in one day. When you walk with a weighted vest on, your muscles must work harder to move the extra weight, burning more calories and burning fat quicker than when you don’t. Weighted vests can help you burn more calories, but they’re only effective when you use them to exercise, and the outcomes are proportionate to the amount of effort you put in: If you merely work out a little, you’ll only receive a small advantage.

CONSIDERATIONS AND WARNINGS

Clothing companies sometimes make promises about their products’ fat-burning abilities that are either false or harmful. Think about the following scenarios:

Some sauna belt makers say that their device, a heating pad that wraps around your waist, will allow you to sweat and burn more calories without exerting any more effort. Although wrapping a heating pad around your waist may make you sweat — and maybe burn you if you wear it for too long or on your naked skin – there is no scientific proof to support the weight-loss claims.

Sauna suits, which encase you in a rubber or plastic suit, work on the same concept on a full-body level. Your body heat is trapped within the sauna suit, forcing you to sweat abundantly. This may result in rapid weight reduction, however, this is due to sweating off water weight rather than burning fat. The weight comes back on as soon as you rehydrate your body. The sauna suit’s added heat can raise your body temperature to dangerously high levels, putting you at risk of injury or death.

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