Weight Loss & Clinical Testing


Clearlight Infrared® saunas were specifically clinically tested for weight loss.   Binghamton University (SUNY) in New York used a Clearlight® Premier™ IS-3 for their weight loss trial with remarkable results.

Heat therapy benefits the body in numerous ways and one of the biggest benefits is weight loss.  Many gyms and health spas include saunas as part of their amenities because of the weight loss benefit.

What causes sauna weight loss?  How do traditional and infrared saunas compare for shedding weight?  What is the research?  See the answers to these questions below.

  • Sauna Studies
  • Benefits
  • Weight Loss by Sauna Type
  • Toxins & Weight Loss

Sauna Weight Loss Studies

A two-phase, sauna weight loss study conducted by Binghamton University in New York revealed that an increase in core body temperature resulted in a decrease in body fat. It concluded that people who used a Clearlight® Premier IS-3 infrared sauna three times a week for 30 minutes per session dropped an average of 4 percent body fat over a four-month period. For a 175-pound man, that represents a weight reduction of seven pounds.

Participants who experienced infrared sauna weight loss did not change their exercise or diet patterns during the study. Control groups in the study who did not use the Clearlight® Sauna showed no drop in weight. The study findings illustrate the significant boost that infrared therapy provides for our weight loss goals.

This study opens the door for more research and demonstrates what we have known for over 20 years – Clearlight® Saunas are good for your health!

Benefits of Sauna Weight Loss

Losing weight requires a lifestyle change, but it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a magic number we must all aim for in order to be healthy. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, a weight loss of 5-10 percent greatly benefits a person’s overall health. This achievable goal can improve cholesterol levels, alleviate hypertension, prevent diabetes, aid in combating sleep apnea and inflammation of the body, and reduce stress.

Stress is often a hidden contributor to struggles with losing weight. High stress levels contribute to the fat we hold in our mid-sections, especially the belly, hips, and thighs which makes us feel sluggish and quite literally weighs us down. When stress contributes to weight loss, it cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. By using a far infrared sauna as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan, you may experience a noticeable difference in how you look and feel and you will notice your stress melt away.

Weight Loss by Sauna Type

Traditional saunas ease sore muscles and increase blood flow in a room typically heated to 180-220°F.  This provides a great environment to relax and unwind. While beneficial, traditional saunas heat only the room you are sitting in and not your body directly.  This makes weight loss by a traditional sauna limited when compared to an infrared sauna.  This is an important distinction as the body stores toxins in fat cells and this may effect your bodies ability to lose weight. Infrared saunas target these toxins.

In contrast, an infrared sauna session heats your body directly raising your core body temperature as your body absorbs the infrared heat.  This boosts your cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems creating a fat based sweat to help your body detox.  Using your infrared sauna you are able to eliminate toxins while energizing your body in a safe, comfortable way.

Far infrared heat has also been found to slightly increase human growth hormone production (HGH) and lower cortisol levels which aids in greater weight loss and overall better health. The end result is safe and effective infrared sauna weight loss and lots of additional health benefits.

Toxins and Weight Loss

In addition to hindering weight loss, too many toxins can make the body feel fatigued, cause muscle aches and pains and lead to skin reactions like acne breakouts or rashes.

In the featured video below Dr. Raleigh Duncan, founder and designer of Clearlight® Sauna models, explains the direct relationship between weight loss and the toxins called obesogens as well as the chemical BPA. He explains that as a fat cell becomes toxic the cell cannot lose the fat even when you are eating really well and exercising.

According to Dr. Duncan’s experience, “First the sauna gets the toxins out and then the fat will start to come off. That’s how the whole system works.” Infrared sauna weight loss is easy, comfortable and relaxing. It is just one of the many infrared sauna health benefits. Infrared heat has been used for wellness for decades and is a tried and true option to increase your overall wellness.

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