For those on a weight loss journey or who are focused on a health-conscious lifestyle, calories in and calories out are often top of mind. How many calories are in this meal? How many have I burned today? How many calories do I need to burn to see the results I want? All great questions. So, how can infrared body wrap sessions assist with expending calories? How many calories can be burned in an infrared body wrap?And how many calories can you expect to burn per session? Before we get into the numbers, let’s quickly review.
Calories are defined as a unit of energy. When we use the term “calorie” we often refer to consuming this energy in food and drink or using up this energy during physical activity. When we look at losing weight there are a few factors to consider.
- It takes a deficit of calories to drop pounds.
- Your diet plays a HUGE part.
- Participation in physical activity (if possible) is essential.
Now, it’s common knowledge that our diets have more of an effect on our ability to lose weight than exercise alone. So, if you’re working out regularly, but eating more calories than you lost after each workout… results may not be noticeable. For this reason (and many more!) you can achieve the best results from infrared sessions by incorporating a healthy meal plan and a fitness routine.
How Many Calories Are Burned with Infrared Sessions?
It is said that an infrared sauna can help one burn anywhere from 300 – 600+ calories, however, everyone is different and quite a few factors come into play when determining the number of calories your body can burn. These factors may include your current weight, exercise and eating habits as well as your age. Still, we consulted with our Clinical Director, Dr. Aaron Flickstein for more details and specifics on infrared body wraps.
According to Dr. Flickstein, deeper penetration of infrared rays can cause a heating effect deep in the muscular tissues and internal organs. “The body responds to this deep-heating effect via a hypothalamic-induced increase in both heart volume and rate. This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought-after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect. Medical research confirms the use of a sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself and involves substantial increases in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate” says Flickstein.
Further, an article on sweating in the Journal of American Medical Association, referring to 30-minute infrared sauna session states, "A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams, in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal - the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600-800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water lost can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories consumed will not be."
Above we covered sauna calorie burn, but an infrared body wrap can induce much more sweat than they would in a typical sauna. Therefore, the calorie consumption is greater. “Two of the highest calorie output forms of exercise are rowing and marathon running. Peak output on a rowing machine or while running a marathon burns about 600 calories in 30 minutes. An infrared body wrap may better this effect from ‘just slightly’ to up to 250%, by burning some 900-2400 calories during a session. [It] might then simulate the consumption of energy equal to that expended in a 6-9 mile run during only a single session,” says Flickstein.
As you can see, the number of calories burned can vary, but infrared body wrap sessions are an excellent way to burn more calories than you would with exercise alone. Want to see quick results? Be sure to wrap consistently, drink plenty of water and engage in a healthy lifestyle.
For more details on the other ways infrared heat works with weight loss and detoxification check out the following blogs!
- Infrared Thermal Systems, 1989, revised 2007, Dr. Aaron Flickstein
- "What Are Calories? How Many Do We Need?". Medical News Today