The main aim of successful weight loss is to decrease calories consumed each day, and to increase the number of calories burnt by the body through activity and exercise. A British company called Zaggora have released a range of exercise clothing, called hot-clothes, which they claim help to increase the number of calories burnt during exercise. But, do they work, or are they simply an expensive brand of sportswear?
Zaggora is an online-based company that exclusively sell their range of Hotwear. Having launched in 2012, they have quickly become a popular brand with women who want to lose weight faster and easier.
The founder of the company, Dessi Bell, was struggling to lose weight for her own wedding, and this was the inspiration for her to look for a material that would help to speed up weight loss by increasing calorie burn. The material settled upon insulates and makes the user warmer than typical workout clothing. This extra heat output by the body causes the user to burn more calories as the body tries to regulate its temperature. The heat also has other benefits; users report that their skin feels much smoother after several weeks of regular usage, and that cellulite appearance is improved. Further to this, many regular exercisers state that they suffer less muscle ache following strenuous workouts.
Zaggora recommend taking their two week challenge in order to get the best results from wearing their range of sportswear immediately. The two week challenge is to wear hotwear for half an hour every day, whilst moving as much as possible when wearing the items. This activity does not have to be strenuous exercise, as many women on the official facebook page report that they have seen results while wearing hotwear regularly when walking the dog or simply cleaning the house.
Because of the added incentive of burning extra calories whilst wearing the hotwear, purchasers seem to be motivated to move around more than usual, which probably helps to make weight loss more dramatic. While results vary, some women have reported having to buy a smaller size of hotpant or hottop within a month or so, because of the weight loss they have achieved. Zaggora and their customers recommend using a measuring tape as well as scales to judge the success of Zaggora clothing, because taking on additional exercise can lead to increased muscle mass. As muscle weighs more than fat, using a set of scales alone to track progress may not be very accurate.
Zaggora have numerous different types of trouser and short available in their range. The original shorts are called Hotpants, whilst there are also capri length and full trouser length options available, in a number of different colours and styles. There is a size guide available on the website, to work out what size is correct for each customer. A tight fit helps to keep the heat in whilst wearing the clothing, but too tight obviously makes it more difficult to put on the clothing, even though it is fairly stretchy. The wide range of clothing options means that customers can target certain areas of their body. More coverage invariably means more heat produced in the workout, and so more calories burnt.
Hot tops come in a number of different styles, including crop tops, jumpers and jackets, as well as longer vest tops. Again, these are all available in a wide variety of colours and sizes, making Zaggora workout wear fashionable as well as beneficial to the workout. Despite being called Hotwear, many customers and reviewers note that the extra heat is not unpleasant, but that by the end of a workout their clothing is literally dripping with sweat; many customers state that this is an incredibly satisfying feeling, as it is physical evidence of their hard work.
Studies on Zaggora Hot-Wear
During 2011 and 2012, Zaggora commissioned research on Hotwear from ETScience, based at the University of Southern California, USA and from the Chelsea School of Sport, University of Brighton in the UK. Zaggora’s own research showed that;
the use of a Zaggora top and bottom (“Zaggora Hotwear”) during exercise, at an appropriate level of intensity and while remaining well hydrated, may help to increase the rate of calorie burn.
Both studies confirmed that this initial research was accurate.
The official Zaggora website states that;
The UB Study tested 13 subjects in Zaggora HotPants and 13 in standard active wear and found that exercising in HotPants can increase energy expenditure during exercise by an average of 11%. The ETS Study first tested 30 subjects in Zaggora Hotwear and 30 subjects in standard active wear and found that exercising in Zaggora Hotwear can lead to an increase in energy expenditure as compared to standard active wear of 6% on average. When testing a group of 10 subjects running at a constant speed, subjects in Zaggora Hotwear burned 9.7% more calories than subjects in standard exercise clothing during 30 minutes of exercise.
Finally, the ETS Study found that subjects exercising in Zaggora Hotwear had to exercise at a lower intensity to achieve the same cardio workout as the control group.
These studies show that Zaggora Hotwear can help the wearer to burn more calories through exercise compared to usual workout clothing.
Price and Availability
The price of Zaggora clothing varies depending upon the style and clothing chosen, but there is plenty of choice, allowing people to choose according to budget as well as personal preference.
The official website often has sales, with items often being offered at 50% off their original retail price. Customers can expect to pay between £20 and £50 per item, although newly released items can retail at as much as £80.
Whilst there are plenty of positive reviews for the product itself, a brief look at Zaggora’s facebook page shows that there is a significant number of customers who have problems with ordering from Zaggora. These problems cover a wide variety of issues, including products arriving late, sending the wrong order, problems ordering over the website, and even the ordered product never arriving at all. There are also lots of comments about Zaggora’s high delivery charges, and the fact that customers have to pay postage on returns, even if the return is due to the wrong item being dispatched.
Having said this, there are also plenty of customers who are more than satisfied with Zaggora’s dispatch and delivery times, as well as their customer service. In general, contacting Zaggora through facebook does seem to get a fairly quick response, with Zaggora representatives being apologetic and seemingly helpful with providing updates on the progress of orders.
Some customers have mentioned the loud noise that the fabric makes when rubbed together, such as between the legs of the trousers. This may be off-putting to some customers who are more self-conscious, but many do not seem to mind, as they feel the product itself works.
Our Verdict on Zaggora Hot-Wear
Overall, Zaggora’s hotwear seems to be a good choice of exercise wear. Because the brand has become more established, and their range has greatly increased over the past year, prices are not dissimilar to normal workout wear.
The clinical trials, which were funded by Zaggora but conducted by a third party, show that wearing Hotwear does give the user a boost to their calorie burn during exercise. This is most likely a great product choice for people who are already achieving some weight loss through regular exercise, but who want to speed up their weight loss, without having to go overboard in the gym.
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