Infrared Sauna Weight Loss- How Infrared Saunas Help You Lose Weight ( Scientific Proof )

By Dr. Candy Akers

Isn't it fascinating to know that infrared saunas not only help you with mental and physical health but also assist you in losing weight? Many of us struggle to lose weight, and it's become a benchmark to have an ideal body weight that looks appealing and attractive. If you are one of those individuals struggling with weight loss, you need to know every scientific fact about how infrared sauna helps reduce unwanted weight. 


Do Infrared Saunas Help You Lose Weight?

Every person's body functions and response varies when it comes to losing weight. Infrared sauna therapy works by healing the endocrine system malfunctions of your body, enhancing the conversion rate of fatty tissue into lean muscles and eventually leading to burning calories and detoxifying the body (Raddad, et al, 2016). Many people believe that weight loss due to sauna therapy occurs by sweating. Sweat releases water molecules which ultimately lowers your body weight. However, this is not the truth. The fact here is something different and intriguing. 

Research at Binghamton University in New York has shown that core body temperature is increased by sauna therapy, which ultimately reduces body fat. In this study, an infrared sauna was used for thirty minutes three times per week which assisted in dropping 4% body fat over a 4-month period. The fact about this study is the participants did not modify their sleep patterns, exercises, and diet routines, which makes it more clear that the only factor that contributes to weight loss is regular infrared sauna therapy (Mero, et al, 2015).

How Does It Work?

A calorie is used to measure the consumption of our body. The calories might be stored in fat tissues in case our body reduces the conversion of energy into beneficial nutrients. This excessive fat storage leads to weight gain. Now, what happens is the infrared light spectrum is provided to the body to let the biochemical processes work. Infrared light penetrates the body, which is highly susceptible to the powerhouse of cells in the body, mitochondria. It eventually enhances ATP production, that finally pertaining the addition of oxygen to the hemoglobin. It is how blood circulation is increased throughout the body (Rozenberg, et al, 2015). The heart rate is also increased, leading to higher internal activity without workouts or exercises.

 You are kind of working out without working out during infrared sauna therapy, where your body starts burning calories faster and helps you lose weight. After your infrared sauna session, you will notice positive changes in your weight loss.


Final Thoughts

The bottom line is that everything connected within the body ensures your weight loss. However, it's not only because of workouts or restricting food. People doing both still do not see a significant difference in their weight. It is because there is something wrong within their body that needs to be corrected by infrared sauna therapy. 

Science has approved it as one of the most beneficial therapies to lose weight without doing exercise or dieting. Its penetration increases the core temperature, which leads to sweating, stimulates ATP, and sustains metabolism that eventually helps you in your weight loss journey.  

Dr. Candy's Recommendations 

Best Infrared Saunas For Weight Loss

For various weight loss situations, I recommend an infrared sauna that includes FAR infrared energy. FAR infrared technology has greater penetration than near infrared. This allows us to heal areas that are under multiple layers of tissue, for example, a hip joint. Deeper penetration also allows us to reach important areas of detoxification like the liver. 

1. Clearlight® Sanctuary™ Retreat 4-Person ADA-Compliant Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna

What I Like:

  • FAR infrared technology for a deeper detox
  •  Mobility ramp for safe sauna entry
  •  Wider glass door and removable benches make it wheelchair compliant
  •  Control settings from your phone
  •  Modern chromotherapy for mood and stress support
  • Disclaimer- if you have any medical problems, please speak with your doctor before initiating an infrared sauna weight loss program


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2. Maxxus 4 Person Low EMF FAR Infrared Sauna MX-K406-0

What I Like:

  • FAR infrared technology for a deeper detox
  • Interior Bench Width = 68”
  • Extra heater for feet fights infections and improves circulation
  • Chromotherapy lights for mood and stress support


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If you need some guidance for weight loss - this nutrition guide will give you all the details step by step to balance your hormones and metabolism.

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  • Wide treadmill for balance and stability
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During an infrared sauna weight loss program, you may want to monitor your health in various ways to make sure that your body is safe. Check out Homemedic’s selection of medically tested health monitors. 



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2 - Mero, A., Tornberg, J., Mäntykoski, M., & Puurtinen, R. (2015). Effects of far-infrared sauna bathing on recovery from strength and endurance training sessions in men. Springerplus, 4(1), 1-7.


4 - Crinnion, W. (2007). Components of practical clinical detox programs—sauna as a therapeutic tool. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 13(2), S154-S156.

5 - Hussain, J. N., Cohen, M. M., Mantri, N., O’Malley, C. J., & Greaves, R. F. (2022). Infrared sauna as exercise-mimetic? Physiological responses to infrared sauna vs exercise in healthy women: A randomized controlled crossover trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 64, 102798.

6 - Beever, R. (2010). Do Far-infrared Saunas Have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes?. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 34(2), 113-118.