Could you please tell me the benefits of wearing a sauna suit when you work out, and do you lose more water than anything?
Sauna suits are used by a variety of athletes but mostly those who need to make weight, such as boxers and wrestlers. While the concept may sound enticing, the results are nothing short of unsafe. These suits hold heat and force the body to increase the sweat rate a great deal, thus the risk of dehydration increases significantly. Dehydration, even as little as 1% of body weight, can have a significant negative effect on athletic performance. While utilizing these suits for rapid weight loss may seem like a good idea, it is counterproductive to what an athlete really wants to accomplish – a higher level of performance.
Hyponatremia (low blood sodium levels in the body) could also be a risk, depending upon the duration the suit is worn. This condition is life-threatening. When the body loses a good amount of water and sodium without re-hydration with fluid and sodium, the amount of sodium decreases, which can ultimately result in death.
It doesn’t matter what the goal is for wearing/training in a sauna suit. The bottom line is that it will lead to dehydration and a sharp decline in performance with very little body weight lost.
I would recommend safer ways of losing weight or making weight rather than trying to lose a copious amount of body water in a short amount of time.