Infrared Weight Loss

Posted by : Rocky Mountain Saunas Team

Among the benefits of sauna weight loss is the fact that infrared heat is healthy, natural and a safe therapy for all living beings.

Sauna benefits for weight loss are achieved through the use of a far infrared sauna by increasing the metabolic process of vital organs and endocrine glands, which produces a high calorie burn.  Studies have shown that you can burn up to 900 calories in a single 50 minute session, while you relax!*

“Regular use of an infrared sauna may be just as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.” ~ Journal of the American Medical Association.”  August, 1981. (1.)

Infrared Saunas are the Only Natural, Healthy Way to Burn Calories without Exercise.

Infrared light energy creates an even, deep heat penetration without the sensation of feeling hot!  This unique heating method is achieved by using a small bandwidth of the far infrared spectrum that ranges from 8-12 microns. (The entire Far Infrared Spectrum measures from 4 microns to 1000 microns)  This special frequency is designed to penetrate beneath your skin to the tissue layers where fat is stored.  As subcutaneous fat is heated, your body starts to Thermo-Regulate by producing large volumes of sweat, giving you sauna benefits for weight loss.

Infrared Weight Loss & Sweating

Sweating is directly linked to weight loss. As your body works to cool itself during a session (by sweating), there is a substantial/ beneficial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.  Your blood flow may rise from the normal  5 – 7 quarts per minute to as much as 12 – 13 quarts per minute, which is a real cardiovascular workout! (2.)*

A reasonably fit person may sweat up to one pound / one pint of sweat in a 30 minute session. Wow!  That is equal to running for two+ miles!*

While it is true that the water weight lost may be regained by rehydrating, the high amount of calories burned are very real and contribute directly to sauna benefits for weight loss.  Water loss does not cause weight loss.  Weight loss is caused by the high number of calories burned through the increase in metabolic processes. (2.)

Fluids lost during the sweat can be replenished, but the calories are not

Body fat is stored energy.  Calories are units of energy acquired from food.  The FDA tells us that most adults can maintain good health and meet their nutritional needs by consuming 2000 calories per day.  If you consistently take in more calories than your body needs, your body will store the excess calories as fat, and you may start to gain weight.  To burn fat, you must use up the excess energy stored in your body.

Your body converts what you eat into energy and the amount of energy you take in daily determines how efficiently your sauna “workouts” burn fat.

To lose weight and keep it off, you need to burn more calories than your body consumes and uses every day.  This can be done with exercise or you can relax and take advantage of infrared sauna benefits for weight loss.  What matters most is how many calories you burn, and not necessarily whether those are fat or carbohydrate calories.

As your core body temperature increases to 100 – 101 degrees F, body fat becomes more water soluble and begins to dissolve and enter the bloodstream to be eliminated by the kidneys and bowels.  As this subcutaneous layer of fat and oil found below the surface of the skin liquefies, it also exits the body through the skin’s sweat glands, taking harmful toxins with it to the surface of the skin.*

The inability to lose weight is often associated with chemical and heavy metal toxicity.

During an infrared sauna session, lipophilic (fat stored) toxins are removed from the body.  Regular sauna sessions increase the body’s normal metabolic rate and weight loss naturally follows.  With detoxification, the body’s metabolism rebalances, digestion is improved and the body produces less fat to store toxins thereby completing the weight loss cycle.  (3.)*

By eating sensibly and having a regular infrared sauna schedule, it is realistic to expect regular weight loss.* Infrared weight loss is a safe and sustainable level that you may use as you work toward your desired weight.

Using a far infrared sauna has a cumulative effect on the body, so that daily use increases the noticeable results achieved.  The first time you use one will be a pleasant and relaxing experience.  After several days and then weeks, sauna benefits for weight loss, including detoxification, and other benefits will increase dramatically. * We all want to see big results right away, but “Steady Eddie” wins this race and it takes a little time with a regular schedule to experience the full cumulative effect of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy.

You may use an infrared sauna two or three times a week to begin and later on, up to twice a day!  It is best to start slowly and work your way up to daily use.   At first, many people do not easily sweat.  Through proper hydration and “retraining or kick starting” the lymph system (which controls both types of sweat glands)  with regular sauna sessions, you become more acclimated to sweating and better able to regulate body temperature, which may take a few weeks.

We are happy to coach you and help you establish a proper routine designed for your best results.

“Saunas are an important aid to weight loss and thyroid repair because as you lose weight, fat tissue releases stored toxins such as PCB’s and pesticides.”   Dr. Mark Hyman, Author of NY Times best seller book, “Ultrametabolism”.

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Rocky Mountain Saunas has come to the conclusions posted on this page through research and detailed investigation of these particular health benefits. References are listed and linked wherever possible.

*Rocky Mountain Saunas and its associates do not provide medical guidance. Consult a licensed doctor for medical advice. All of the information contained in this website is for information purposes only. Results of using our products vary on an individual basis and no immediate permanent or guaranteed solutions can be provided. We reserve the right to change, without notice, anything contained within the article. Rocky Mountain Saunas shall not be held responsible for printing variations.

Far infrared sauna benefits have been documented by a multitude of medical studies related to the overall health benefits and treatment of chronic maladies and conditions. For more information about bringing the benefits of far infrared sauna therapy into your home, with your own personal infrared sauna, call 1-888-358-1270 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm MST.


  1.  Sealre, AJ 1982. Effects of the Sauna; Journal of the American Medical Association, 247 (1)(Jan 1):28
  2. A Study of the Health Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy, University of Missouri, Kansas City,  Becky Edwards, M.D., Heather Kort, D.O. and Faculty Staff Advisor: Dr. John Foxworth, PharmD
  3. Ultrametabolism, Dr. Mark Hyman, Scribner, March 2006

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