Can You Lose Weight By Sitting In A Hot Tub?

You can lose a small amount of weight by using a hot tub, according to a 1999 “New England Journal of Medicine” study. The people who participated in the study lost about a pound a week, were able to reduce by about 13 percent their doses of insulin for type 2 diabetes and experienced better sleep.

Warm water dilates blood vessels and promotes better circulation, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Because the body sweats in a hot tub, you can potentially lose water weight.

But the actual calories burned are modest in comparison to actual exercise. A 150-pound woman who spends 20 minutes in a Jacuzzi tub will burn about 34 calories, but would burn 100 calories if she spent that same amount of time walking. Since people need to burn about 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat and it is not safe to sit in a hot tub for hours on end, the hot tub alone is not enough to create lasting weight loss.

Some people get exercise tubs that allow them to combine walking and hot tub benefits. These exercise tubs usually allow cool water use, which would allow longer swimming workouts. However, Jacuzzi tubs and other hot areas such as saunas are not recommended for long workouts or very strenuous exercise. Prolonged use of hot tubs can dangerously increase blood pressure, especially among overweight people. Do not drink alcohol, eat heavy meals, use street drugs or prescription tranquilizers before taking a soak in a whirlpool tub. Pregnant women, those with heart disease and the elderly should consider avoiding hot tubs.

Jacuzzi tubs also offer some other benefits that may help accelerate weight loss. Soaking in a hot tub after a long physical workout may help soothe tired muscles as well as relax the body and mind. Hot tubs can greatly help people with joint pain, especially those with arthritis. People with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome can potentially benefit from doing light stretches in a Jacuzzi tub.

Most whirlpool tubs have at least some massage capabilities through water jets. So, the hot tub’s ability to help reduce aches and pains may actually encourage people to exercise more. More exercise whether in water or on land promotes more weight loss and a stronger body, and while a hot tub cannot replace a vigorous exercise program it certainly will supplement a solid diet and exercise plan while  contributing a number of potential health benefits.