Spas and Hot Tubs for Weight Loss
Use your hot tub to lose weight? There's been a lot of chatter and controversy surrounding the idea. A lot of hot tub blogs point to a study from 1999, published by the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients slept more peacefully, required less insulin injections and lost weight, when they used a hot tub daily.
Was the hot tub a participant in the weight loss? You betcha, but correlation is not causality. Hot water soaking will relax muscles, increase circulation and respiration, and through perspiration, you can lose water weight, unless you are sipping water while in the tub.
Some say that the more restful sleep is the reason that the participants in this hot tub study showed weight loss, while others will discount the weight loss as merely water weight loss. And though I'm not aware of the significance, the reduced need for insulin is also an interesting result.
We have to mention the popular book the "Hot Tub Diet", by Bridget Praytor. The book was written after the author suffered an automobile accident, and she was unable to maintain any exercise regimens, all she could do is climb into her spa for relief. But the real story is that she learned to reevaluate her physical perception and change her diet, while using her hot tub - a lot.
I think that everyone would agree that the secret to weight loss is exercise and good nutrition. Spas and hot tubs can certainly aid in recovery time after you exercise, whether you bike, run, swim or do exercise routines. And in that regard, combined with more restful sleep, allows your exercise to have a greater effect.
However, if you did water exercises in the spa, or hot tub yoga - you will expend calories while you stretch and extend into some yoga poses or pilates moves - you know, modern calisthenics.
So, Can you Lose Weight in a Hot Tub?
Your hot tub can be a factor in helping you to lose weight by improving sleep, exercise recovery, blood flow, breathing and perspiration. But sitting in your spa, and melting away the pounds? No.
However, if you use your spa for even mild stretching, you can easily shed 100 calories during a 20 minute hot tub session.
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