What are Hot Pants and Do They Help you Lose Weight?
Zaggora Hot Pants
Hot Pants are a weight loss garment that increases your personal body heat to promote perspiration and weight loss. Based in the UK, Zaggora claims that Hot Pants can help you lose two dress sizes in two weeks by wearing the pants during the day, night, and during workouts.
The reviews have been amazing, so I thought I would do a bit of research to see if the pants really work.
So, how do Zagorra HotPants work? Let's find out.
How do Hot Pants work?
Hot Pants look like bike shorts made of a wetsuit like material. Zaggora claims they help women lose two dress sizes in two weeks with their Celu-lite technology. The pants use your natural body heat to increase perspiration, an 80% increase by their accounts, and perspiration leads to calorie loss.
On their website, Zaggora discusses connective tissue under the skin and claims cellulite is present in women because of a breakdown in this connective tissue. (See below for more information about cellulite and connective tissue.) However, they don't tell you how their pants help remedy the cellulite problem. Personally, I'm not exactly sure how they decrease cellulite in a more significant way than normal weight loss would.
My Experience with Hot Pants
A British friend of mine bought a pair of Hot Pants on a recommendation from her friends in the UK. (Apparently, they are quite big over there. Selling over 100,000 pairs in the first 10 weeks!) After working out in them for a few weeks, she said she could feel a difference. But, did she see a decrease in cellulite because of the pants? She couldn't say for sure, but she did say that when she worked out she was sweating more than she ever had before. That can't be a bad thing!
A few weeks ago a Groupon surfaced with the Hot Pants as an item. Since they are normally around $75 a pair - not cheap - and the Groupon was for $26, I thought I'd try a pair. A couple of days ago, I received them in the mail. Wearing them for the first time, I can see how they will make you prespire more. They feel like you are wearing a wetsuit, but more comfortable. After wearing them for a day my skin did feel smoother to the touch. I also worked out in them and I was definitely sweating more.
Drink a lot of water!
Anyone who has taken Bikram, or hot yoga, knows that when you sweat a lot it is very easy to become dehydrated. If you are going to wear Hot Pants, you will sweat more, so be sure to drink a lot of fluids! One of the perks that Zaggora says of Hot Pants is your skin looking healthier; this is probably a direct result of the increase in water you have to drink.
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What is cellulite and why do women have it?
Cellulite is the dimpling and bulging of skin produced by adipose--or fat--cells pushing through the connective tissue under the skin. Connective tissue holds the skin to the muscle beneath it and is arranged differently in men and women. While men sometimes have cellulite, it is much more prevalent in women. The fibrous connective tissue in men is arranged in a diagonal, smooth pattern, while the connective tissue in women is arranged in a vertical pattern. This slight difference in arrangement allows for the adipose cells to reach the skin and cause dimpling.
Have you ever wondered why thin women have cellulite? This is because skin thickness and elasticity--not just fat cells and connective tissue--also play a part in cellulite. Men have thicker skin than women, so again they are less likely to have cellulite. Younger people have more elastic skin, allowing for everything to remain smooth. With puberty, the skin elasticity in women decreases, becoming more susceptible to cellulite forming. This coupled with weight gain as we get older increases the likelihood of more cellulite around the legs and hips. On and off dieting also has an effect on skin elasticity. Losing large amounts of weight and gaining it back takes a toll on our skin. Unfortunately for women, the coupling of thinner and less elastic skin along with connective tissue prone to the exposure of adipose tissue, leads to the dreaded cellulite.
Here's what I think about the Hot Pants: they definitely reduced the appearance of cellulite. After wearing the pants for even a few days, I noticed that my skin appeared smoother and was smoother to the touch.
Did I lose two dress sizes in two weeks? No. I wore the Hot Pants every day for multiple hours every day, some days all day including workouts, and I didn't seem to lose even one dress size. While I think the Hot Pants are helpful, i.e., they make you sweat more and can decrease the appearance of cellulite, I don't think that the claim that you can lose two dress sizes in two weeks is accurate. I'm always a bit wary about those types of statements anyway; there isn't a quick fix to any weight loss.
To test the Hot Pants, I continued my normal exercise routine, but didn't change my diet at all. I think that with exercise AND diet, perhaps the Hot Pants will give you an extra boost. So, if you're thinking about buying the Zaggora Hot Pants, don't expect to lose two dress sizes without making other lifestyle changes as well. If you're willing to exercise and eat properly while wearing them, you may just lose that weight!
Would your try HotPants?
New Zaggora Products: Nude Hot Pants, Capri Flares, and Flares
Zaggora recently came out with a few new products: Capri Flares, Flares, and Nude Hot Pants. The Capri Flares come below the knee, much more comfortable for many women. The Flares are full length leggings that go to the ankle. They are tight at the bottom. The Nude Hot Pants are for wearing under clothing. If I were to buy a pair of Hot Pants today, I think I would go with one of the Flares. I wish they had been available when I purchased my Hot Pants.