If you want to lose weight off your stomach it can be tempting to use gimmicky clothing items that claim to reduce belly fat. But doing so can be potentially harmful. Avoid dangerous clothing when you work out and instead choose clothes that will make working out more comfortable.
Body Wrap Myths
Some people erroneously believe that wrapping your belly in plastic wrap or wearing a plastic suit during exercise will help you lose fat off your stomach. But according to the Columbia University's Go Ask Alice website, "body suits, body wraps, plastic wrap, or any other formulated fashion that promotes perspiration does not lead to increased fat burning or fat loss." They may lead to weight loss from perspiration, but not fat loss.
Myth of Spot Reduction
It doesn't matter what you wear when you exercise, you can't specifically target areas of the body for fat loss. According to Carolyn Nikol, a registered dietitian, "weight reduction occurs throughout the body, not in specific areas." Performing aerobic exercise, however, will burn calories and help you lose weight throughout your entire body, including your belly.
Your focus should be on wearing clothes that make it more comfortable to work out, allowing you to work out longer and to lose more weight. Instead of wearing clothes that trap sweat and heat next to your body, you should wear clothing that wicks sweat away from your body to help you stay cool. Synthetic materials like polyester or polypropelene will do just this. Cotton is a good second choice; it pulls sweat away from the body, but it tends to hold sweat in the clothing, which can make it heavy.
Always consult a physician before starting a weight-loss routine. Your doctor can give you specific advice about weight-loss goals and give you guidelines for exercising. Don't be tempted to use sauna suits or other devices that encourage excess sweating. These clothing items are potentially dangerous. The NCAA has banned their use since 1997 when three student athletes died while using them.
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