We know that, with summer approaching, many of you are thinking a lot about losing a few pounds. Pool and beach season can be a bit unforgiving. But healthy weight loss is about more than just looking good. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of overall wellness.

If you’re looking to lose weight, ºdegree Wellness can help. In a scientific study, our infrared saunas were shown to promote weight loss by burning calories while you relax.

ºdegree Wellness’ goal is to support the health and wellness efforts of our customers – and regular infrared sauna use can be a key component to creating a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss and heart health (two benefits which often go hand-in-hand) are two major benefits of infrared heat therapy.

A 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that waist circumference by itself is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death.

When it comes to burning calories with infrared heat, only our saunas have been clinically shown to dramatically aid in weight loss. Results from a 2009 study indicated that ºdegree Wellness saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. And for those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, results were even more profound. (1)

Another study showed that 30-minute infrared sauna weight loss sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories. How does this work? During a sauna weight loss session, your core temperature increases and the body works hard to cool itself. There is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. (2)

Studies have shown that both far- and mid-infrared heat waves are effective in weight loss efforts. Our new full spectrum mPulse infrared saunas offer both far- and mid-infrared settings. We’ve even pre-programmed the mPulse with a weight loss setting, custom blending the infrared output for the most effective use. But you can go even further and adjust the settings to the best custom output for you – on a session-by-session basis.

(1) Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.
(2) Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.