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Pants To Burn More Fat?

March 17, 2014, 6:08 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Pants To Burn More Fat?

A new type of workout clothing is gaining popularity. Zaggora HotPants claim to help you lose weight by increasing your body temperature.

Ashley Rieck stays in shape by working out five days a week and eating healthy.

"We eat a ton of vegetables year round," Rieck said.

Rieck also tries to enhance her workouts by wearing HotPants.

"You kind of get stale. You hit a plateau. It motivated me to keep going because you are always sweating," Rieck said.

Zaggora claims the clothing can help you lose more weight by causing you to sweat more.

"The pants are a gimmick," Director for the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance at Sanford Dr. Michael Bergeron said.

Bergeron says by wearing the pants, you could actually burn less fat.

"Any kind of clothing or protective equipment that acts as a barrier to heat loss is going to raise your temperature during exercise. The thing is when your body temperature goes up, you actually force your body to shift from burning more fat to burning more carbohydrate, so it's counter-productive," Bergeron said.

Instead of trying to sweat off your weight, Bergeron says you should focus on keeping your body cool and exercising longer.

“The more fit you are, the longer you go, the more moderate intensity, that's going to allow your body to utilize more fat during that activity and that should be your goal," Bergeron said.

Still, Rieck says she's noticed an increase in endurance since first trying out these workout pants.

“When I first wore them, I would feel like I would get fatigued a little bit faster. If you are doing certain poses for yoga for example, you can't hold them as long the first time. After about the sixth or seventh time you've done it, you notice your legs are getting stronger and your endurance is lasting longer," Rieck said.

Bergeron also says the HotPants could potentially raise your body temperature to a dangerous level.

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