What are Hot Pants and Do They Help You Lose Weight?

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A new fitness trend promises to help dieters burn off 11% more calories while exercising and another 13% more after you stop exercising. Sounds too good to be true? It’s called HotPants and it’s creating quite a frenzy among people looking to lose more weight. In UK, 100,000 HotPants were sold in less than 10 weeks.

The Zaggora HotPants was developed by Dessi Bell, a 28-year-old investment banker to “help her drop a few pounds for her wedding.” From there, it became trendy gym clothing.

What are HotPants?

Zaggora HotPants are made from a type of foamed neoprene material, similar to the ones used in wetsuits. According to Zaggora’s website, HotPants help women drop two dress sizes in just two weeks through their “Celu-lite Technology.”

The pants works with a person’s natural body heat to increase perspiration by up to 80%, leading to burning off more calories. The HotPants maker claims their product can also minimize the appearance of cellulite, going through great lengths to discuss the causes of cellulite without illustrating how the Zaggora HotPants can get rid of it.

According to Bell, women who wear HotPants while doing at least 30 minutes of exercise can feel instantaneous results.

The HotPants are so effective at melting off fat that even experts at the Chelsea School at Brighton University in England are trying to take a closer look at how exactly these pants can help people shed excess fat. The HotPants were designed to enhance the results of a wearer’s usual exercise routine to burn off more calories.

But Do Zaggora HotPants Really Work?

The claims of HotPants maker, Zaggora HotPants, have no basis for Dr. Aaron Cypess, an obesity researcher at Harvard’s Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

“It’s not clear to me from a physiological perspective why heating someone up would cause them to burn more calories because the body does not burn many more calories when you get hotter. When you’re colder, your body needs to generate more heat to keep you warm. That takes energy in the form of calories.”

Cypess believes that the HotPants is just an updated plastic sauna suits that were all the rage in the 70s. The doctor believes that any weight loss you get from wearing such suits is just temporary because it’s mostly water weight, which can be gained back as soon as the individual drinks water.

But the HotPants maker disagrees. The manufacturer writes in an email, the HotPants were clinically tested to show effectiveness at increasing a person’s metabolic rate while exercising, as opposed to standard gym clothing.

Some people swear by the results of using HotPants in conjunction to adopting an active lifestyle and healthy diet.

However, not all users dropped two dress sizes after using the HotPants for several weeks, directly refuting the claims of the Zaggora HotPants maker.

The bottom line is, yes, the Zaggora HotPants can help dieters sweat more in the gym — but when it comes to its effectiveness in eliminating cellulite and helping users drop several dress sizes, a growing number of HotPants wearers are on the fence about these claims.

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