100 lb. Club - got some WEIRD weight loss tips at the gym




nitrus29
05-08-2013, 04:36 PM
So this guy at the gym (who is old enough to be my father) lost 80 lbs in a little over the year and I see him work out, and boy oh boy he SWEATSSS :p

(I admit I want to sweat like that after all it's FAT melting)

So anyway, he chats up a lot during workouts & he keeps giving me weight loss tips which now seem more like tricks! He suggested I take a garbage bag and wear it around my torso / belly before I go out running / biking. Apparently, I will sweat a gallon (he does!) :dizzy:

He said it's better than wearing those expensive heating belts around your waist (I didn't know what he was talking about till he lifted his shirt n showed me)

You trick your body so you can sweat more?? WOAH! MIND BLOWN!! :dizzy:

He also suggested the quickest way to warm up before hitting the treadmill was to go into the sauna for a minute!!! (Trust me, I tried and I couldn't breathe) He said it was a trick old people used :D He's a Pathologist so I am assuming he has some credibility ;)

So the REAL reason why he is sweating n dripping all over the gym is cos he is using some catalyst.

Hmm.. interesting :s:

Anyone else here know anyone who has come up with these not-so-conventional weight loss tips (tricks) ???

I am not tempted to try but I find the guy really amusing!! He says he tries to coach his daughter into losing weight but she doesn't listen !! Guess that's why he found me!!! :D (He has been convincing me to go to yard sales in our neighborhood and buy a used bike so I can join him on weekends for his 25 mile bike ride along this canal we have - I am scared if I do what he does, I will sweat enough to evaporate!!! ;))


IanG
05-08-2013, 04:44 PM
Sounds BS to me. But then again, I am the only one on here that drinks beer and wine in abundant quantities and swears it does not affect my weight loss!

The problem I have with his hypothesis is that I sweat a lot naturally when I exercise because I am overweight and still unfit. And it is normally the sweat (rather than breathlessness or muscle tiredness) that stops me going further on the treadmill, for example. So why add unnnecessary discomfort?

Keep yourself as comfortable as possible so you can do as much as possible at the gym.

Why make things harder? Or cheat to make it look harder than it really is, which is what he may be doing imo.

I can sweat for England, but not lose an ounce. That's how I was at 280lbs anyway.

Keep Moving Forward
05-08-2013, 04:46 PM
I've seen people wearing garbage bags in the gym or out running before & it never really made sense to me. I get that it's to promote sweating but why, exactly, is that beneficial? The purpose of sweating is to cool the body down, right? But too much sweating leads to dehydration. Is there something about this that I'm not understanding?

He sounds like an interesting person, and he is certainly eager to help others lose weight!


joefla70
05-08-2013, 04:51 PM
Yeah, I'm not expert - by any means - when it comes to exercise. But what Rachel said is what I've always understood. Sweat is not fat melting. Its your body cooling itself off. If you live in a place that is more humid, you will appear to sweat more than if you live in a place where the air is dry. This is because the sweat tends not to evaporate from your body when its humid. This does not make your lose any more fat! What makes you lose fat is burning calories. Unless I've been misinformed all these years, I don't believe that sweating is required! I'm pretty sure that if you exercised in 20 degree weather and never broke a sweat, you'd burn just as many calories exercising than if you sweated a lot!

nitrus29
05-08-2013, 04:54 PM
Oh yea he is interesting alright & eager to help too!! EVERYONE knows him by name at the gym!!

The dehydration thing too - I did tell ask him if sweating a gallon in garbage bags was good ? What about dehydration? He said don't drink water to rehydrate, have some shakes and Oh he was anti-fruit too! Apparently cos of too much sugar! :dizzy:

I guess to each his own? :?:

elvislover324
05-08-2013, 04:56 PM
I have nothing to add except......please don't go on this bike ride with him!! People like that make me nervous and it was my first instinct to tell you that when I read your post!! :hug:

ParkTrot
05-08-2013, 04:58 PM
Sweat is not fat, common misunderstanding. Wearing a garbage bag around you will make you sweat, yes, but that has nothing to do with fat loss. It will make you drop some water weight, but that's about it. The only time I've seen people do that, is wrestlers or power lifters trying to drop a few bits of water weight before a competition to get into a lower weight bracket.

If sweating were fat loss, that would mean someone like me with hypohydrasis would be incredibly thin if left untreated, unfortunately that is not the case. :lol:

While I can appreciate the guy trying to help, he really needs to be careful giving that kind of advice out. The wrong person could overheat and get sick doing the whole garbage bag set up - ESPECIALLY outdoors.

nitrus29
05-08-2013, 04:58 PM
I have nothing to add except......please don't go on this bike ride with him!! People like that make me nervous and it was my first instinct to tell you that when I read your post!! :hug:

:rofl: thanks elvislover324 :hug: - he's a nice old man, I am sure he means no harm but I'll take your advice. I'd rather go for a run with my bf !! ;) :D

ParkTrot
05-08-2013, 05:02 PM
I have nothing to add except......please don't go on this bike ride with him!! People like that make me nervous and it was my first instinct to tell you that when I read your post!! :hug:

I second this. Unfortunately some people slap themselves with an almost "personal trainer" type attitude without any training - there's a reason gyms require you have certifications! This guy, while trying to be helpful and all that, definitely sounds like one of those people. Unfortunately those are,also the people who end up getting other people hurt :(.

Plus running with your BF sounds way more fun anyway! ;)

Trazey34
05-09-2013, 10:25 AM
LOL sweat is just water right ha ha it's not like cooking oil running out of you as the fat melts away ha ha. I LOATHE sweating, yuck. This might be a good tip if someone's working out hung over and want to get all the booze out of them fast ;)

The only kind of 'trick' I've tried lately is that 'Fast' diet, where you modified-fast 2 non-consecutive days per week (eating only 500 cals that day). I've lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks, kind of awesome!

zoesmom
05-09-2013, 10:44 AM
What he suggests is flat out DANGEROUS (http://www.livestrong.com/article/373703-should-you-wear-a-body-suit-when-you-exercise/). A better way is to listen to your body, stay hydrated, stay within your allowed caloric intake, and stay persistent.

Nikel1979
05-09-2013, 10:58 AM
I wore a garbage bag for a run once. :lol: Well the first mile anyway before it drove me crazy. I didn't want to sweat more though. It was a half marathon in the pouring rain, so I was trying to stay warm & dry while waiting in the corrals. ;)

As someone that sweats a ton, I can promise you that it doesn't make me lose weight faster.

AnnMarie77
05-09-2013, 11:16 AM
That's like the people who "cleanse" and then think they lost weight. No, you just lost a bunch of poop :D

AlmostMe
05-11-2013, 04:45 AM
Ughhh.... I think you might burn some extra calories with this because your body is working harder to keep itself cool. BUT...this is not a good way of working your body. Sweat doesn't equal fat. Excessive sweat without sufficient rehydration is a recipe for wearing yourself down, working less hard and then burning fewer calories because you're exhausted and dehydrated. It is a good way to get a temporary water weight loss, perhaps. But who cares about that?

Rhiko
05-11-2013, 05:45 AM
The purpose of sweating is to cool the body down, right? But too much sweating leads to dehydration.

Exactly. Is he drinking heaps of water to make up for all of the sweat he's losing?

I don't sweat much at all, in fact, I've been running for 30 minutes at a sustained pace and I've only had a drop or two roll off me when I'm cooling down afterwards. Even though I don't sweat much, I've lost almost 9kgs (20lbs) this year so far, and most of that is doing the minimum to avoid sweating :lol:

I say good on him if he thinks it's working, but it's not something I would promote myself.

VermontMom
05-11-2013, 07:19 AM
I'm glad you got lots of good answers here, I would agree that sweating just because you are hot does not melt fat; and I also hope he is just friendly and harmless, but the mom in me says do NOT go anywhere alone with him.

betsy2013
05-12-2013, 11:54 AM
Every gym must have a resident "expert" (sometimes more than 1) who is more than willing to provide advice -- usually unsolicited. One of the reasons that I kept wearing my earphones even after my ipod broke! ;)

Radiojane
05-13-2013, 01:36 PM
This reminds me of my friend who told me I needed to go get someone to put boiling hot rocks all over my body and then I would pee away all the fat. Gotta love the crazies!

Remington90
05-13-2013, 01:50 PM
This reminds me of my friend who told me I needed to go get someone to put boiling hot rocks all over my body and then I would pee away all the fat. Gotta love the crazies!

Good grief that sounds like insanity. Glad you have a head on your shoulders to not listen to that crap. Sheesh.

I agree with what everyone has said. I wouldn't go anywhere with him. And unless he's a certified trainer or has credentials, I'd walk the other way.

franciejones
05-13-2013, 01:56 PM
From what I understand...sweating is very important and cleansing. Maybe he did not mean it would make you lose weight...but just sweat more. I know that if I have a good sweat when it is nice and humid, I feel so much better. Getting those trapped toxins out. There are many professionals who swear that one of the keys to good health is to make sure you sweat. It does not have to be from exercise. That is why you see saunas and steam rooms get so full. It really is very good for you.

LuvMyMr
05-18-2013, 01:54 AM
I used to see people doing that all the time and it was dumb back then! I live in South Florida. Summer is approaching. Don't you know that if sweating made you lose weight I would not be on this site!!! :lol:

toastedsmoke
05-18-2013, 07:40 PM
Sweating only makes you lose water weight. It's unfortunately not related to fat. I live in the tropics so if ONLY!!!! Here it's so hot and humid year round, you can "work up a sweat" just by sitting around outside. There's a guy in my gym who's new and comes to workout in one of those silvery, foil-type jackets and it's the strangest thing ever, firstly because I thought those foil suits had died in the 80s or something and secondly, because it's like dude if you want to sweat that badly, don't come to the highly airconditioned gym in a sweatsuit, go run outside, it's at least 80 degrees 24/7, 365 a year.

GordonGirl16
05-18-2013, 09:22 PM
Sweating is good for you because it does release toxins, but it does not help you "melt" any fat. Excess sweating is not good for you - that is why you are not supposed to sit in a sauna for any long period of time. I would not suggest using a garbage bag to help you sweat more - just sweat normally and rehydrate your body with water all throughout the day, even before you work out.

Issaknits
05-20-2013, 03:39 PM
Every gym must have a resident "expert" (sometimes more than 1) who is more than willing to provide advice -- usually unsolicited.

There was this one woman at my old gym who swore up and down about drinking some concoction and then sitting for hours in the sauna. We never got a clear answer as to what was in it, but she drank it out of what looked to be a rubbing alcohol bottle (in fact, the sauna always had a heavy medicinal/alcohol-ish smell after she left).

mrslynah
05-20-2013, 03:53 PM
Hahaha. This is great! Right before my wedding, when I was trying to drop a few more ounces, Lol, my husband bought me this sweat suit thing that looked like scrubs meets garbage bag, and he was like, "Babe, just throw this thing on under a couple pairs of sweats and hit the gym." He was like, "This is how I dropped weight in wrestling. You'll lose like ten pounds overnight." Hahahahahahaha. I knew it was bull$hit, of course, but I was so tired of listening to his, "A hundred years ago, when I was like 12 years old, I used to drop 20 lbs by jumping rope in a garbage bag" while i was actually busting my A$$ at the gym everyday. So I did it. I wore it, along with sweats and got crazy looks and did my elliptical workout for 90 min. I came home in a puddle, and he was so satisfied, until... I. DID. NOT. LOSE. AN. OUNCE. :D

mrslynah
05-20-2013, 03:54 PM
Thanks for reviving that memory for me! Made my day! Lol

sh0rtydeee
06-05-2013, 01:35 PM
trazey34 how does that diet exactly work. You just eat 500 cals and thats it? or is it a specific food?

SoOverThisFat
06-20-2013, 12:17 PM
My cousin does that MMA fighting. He went to a sauna to sweat off some water weight to get in a lower fighting bracket and lost his fight due to dehydration weakness. ALWAYS keep yourself hydrated. If you're doing some hardcore workouts or you find yourself profusely sweating then hydrate with something that has electrolytes. Powerade, gatorade, whatever you choose.