The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that, in 2019, “the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was nearly $173 billion. Medical costs for adults who had obesity were $1,861 higher than medical costs for people with healthy weight.” It’s a costly health issue, one further complicated by the enormous volume of fad diets, quick fixes and bad advice floating around online and social media. Ryan Singerman, DO, PPG - Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery, is committed to being a source of truth for those seeking to shed excess pounds and shift toward a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. His “Addressing the myths” video series dispels false guidance and provides facts for smart weight management strategies.
In the ninth installment, Dr. Singerman discusses the myth that extra time in the sauna will help you lose weight. This approach is also applied by wearing extra layers of clothing or sweat suits during workout sessions, and is thought to help people drop pounds by “sweating it out.” As he explains, while this might bring the number on the scale down, it isn’t the long-term, fat-burning solution some believe it to be. Dr. Singerman explains the concept of water weight, and why these results are temporary, and potentially dangerous.
More in the series
For other weight management topics featuring Dr. Singerman, you can watch him address myths 1 through 8: