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Rasheeda and Her Sauna Vest: A Common Myth in the World of Weight Loss

Recently I viewed a post from an Instagram influencer named Rasheeda about her workout routines and using a “Sauna Vest.”
First off, I NEVER want to discourage anyone from working out.  I love that she is inspiring others to use natural ways to reduce body weight, get stronger and improve general health.
However, in this particular post, she mentions wearing a Sauna Vest to help with her “back fat”.  Applying a garment to a particular part of your body may increase perspiration in the area but won’t necessarily promote fat loss in that region. It is similar to the myth that doing exercises (like bicep curls or abdominal crunches) will not reduce fat just in those areas. That being said, strengthening exercises as a group will reduce fat and help with overall caloric burn in addition to cardiovascular exercises like walking on the treadmill and spinning.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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