In this article we are going to talk about the utility of sauna suits for combat sport athletes.
Due to the variety of manufactures and different models available in this market, we have chosen one: The Kutting Weight Sauna Suit.
It is Considered the Rolls Royce of sweat suits by its users.
Every thing we say about sauna suits can be applied to it. Cause all of them produce the same result: “Copious sweating by retaining heat and elevating body temperature”.
Let´s hear what the manufacturer have to say about the kutting weight sweat suit
“The Kutting Weight neoprene clothing is made of elastic neoprene that moves with you through any type of exercise. The Sauna Suit is 2.5mm thick, is triple reinforced and built for your toughest workouts. You can expect to sweat a lot, increase your metabolism, burn more calories, increase your mental and physical toughness, detoxify your immune system, and increase flexibility therefore decreasing the likelihood of injury.” This is an extract from Amazon.
Let’s see what my experience and many experts in the subject have to say…
Attempting to lose fat using a sauna suit is just a waste of time. This is just a myth perpetuated by ignorance and some interested manufacturers.
Kutting Weight manufacturer claims that you lose more calories by training in his sweat suit, but I still haven’t seen any study to prove that statement.
Your body burn calories trying to keep itself warm. If your body temp is already high and you keep it high in a warm suit, your body is going to actually slow down its processes to cool you down.
Therefore the calories are burned because of exercising not sweating. Sweating is a natural response to lower body temperature.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular risk increases when the relative humidity rises above 70%, and the humidity in a sweat suits hover around 100%. Other risks associated with the use of these suits are dehydration and overheating. Losing weight depends on the amount of calories burned compared to the amount of calories consumed. A suit while temporarily reducing the weight showing on the scale will not help you burn more calories which is key to true weight loss.
Lipolysis requires water to occur. No water, no fat loss!
When a fighter uses a kutting suit is with the intention to lose water to reach the target weight. If he does with other purpose in mind… he is nuts!
Since dehydration diminish fighter’s performance. After the weight in he will try to rehydrate to recover all the water and electrolytes as soon as possible. If he is not able to do so, his performance will be affected during the fight.
Dehydration to fight in a lower weight division than the fighter’s natural weight, is becoming a very controversial issue. But fighters have done it throughout the history of contact sports.
And will probably continue doing it till the rules change. Meanwhile we will see a lot of fighters training with sweat suits as the fight approaches.
Sweat suits are used because they are convenient, easy to use, do the work they are supposed to do. And… because people do not know better.
Are sauna suits the most efficient way to dehydrate for a fight?
Well maybe 50 years ago… but today in the 21 first century knowing what we know now. I can assure you that there are more efficient ways to lose weight.
If you are interested in the matter and don’t wanna use sauna suits you can check our weigh cutting pro guide. There you will find new methods to lose weight easily without using obsolete techniques.
Why sweat suits are not the best thing to lose weight?
Well every fighter would love to be a peak condition for his fight. To do so is advisable to taper down. That is to cut the training intensity 14 to 7 days before the fight. To allow the body to super-compensate and be at peak condition during the fight.
I can’t imagine how you are going to be able to do that if you have to train with a suit to make-weight.
If after reading all this you’re still in love with your suit and plan to continue using it. Make sure you drink plenty of water with electrolytes to rehydrate.