In previous blog posts I have written about fat loss through infrared training. In this article let’s take a deeper dive into the attack on fat and the process of oxidation.
First off, always remember that training momentum is important for accelerated fat loss. This is evident in a study published by the National Library of Medicine in 2010. In the article entitled, “Aerobic Fitness Determines Whole-body Fat Oxidation Rate During Exercise in the Heat”, the results of a study of trained and untrained subjects in a heated environment were made known.
The study was conducted with individuals who were in shape and those who were not in a trained state in a workout environment of 96.8º F. It was discovered that trained subjects oxidized more fat than untrained subjects in the heat. A little food for thought, what if that study were conducted in 125º infrared heat? The point here is that it should be the goal of all fitness clients to get to a “trained” level of conditioning as soon as possible.
“In the heat, whole-body peak fat oxidation occurs at higher relative exercise intensities in TR [trained] than in UNTR [untrained] subjects… Moreover, TR subjects oxidize more fat than UNTR subjects when exercising at moderate to high intensities…” (1)
So, that seems obvious the fact that the more you get in shape, the more easily you burn fat. Let’s look into the science a little more though.
How does fat burn?
It’s an intercellular journey. Lipolysis is the pathway for the breakdown of fat through hydrolysis (chemical breakdown of a compound when it interacts with water) and is used to mobilize energy stores during exercise or fasting. This fat burning, or “oxidation” process, occurs within all of the cells in the body as fat is transformed into energy.
First, fat is stored as triglycerides. Triglycerides then need to be broken down into fatty acids to be used as fuel.
“If fatty acids are supplied to healthy mitochondria and oxygen is present, fatty acids will be broken down to carbon dioxide. This process is not too dissimilar from burning a log in a fire. You need the fireplace, some wood and oxygen.” (2)
The penetration of IR (infrared radiation) during a workout stimulates cellular activity. It is possible that this heightened cellular activity makes the oxidation of fat more efficient and, therefore more rapid.
There is substantial anecdotal evidence crediting infrared training with accelerated fat loss. HOTWORX has pioneered the use of infrared saunas for isometric and HIIT workouts. Since the introduction of the HOTWORX 3D Training Method only a few years ago, an incredible amount of user testimonial evidence of fat loss success has been generated online.
Make 2021 your year of fat incineration with infrared training!