What is a Sweat Bed? Selena Gomez's Secret Weight Loss Technique

Ah, the things celebrities do to remain beautiful! We often hear celebrities regaling the media with tales of cupping (we can thank Gwyneth Paltrow for that one), tanning, pilates, and just about every possible technique out there that whips you into shape. But a burrito sweat bed? Now that's a new one. Selena Gomez made an appearance recently at the American Music Awards and told the media about some unusual efforts that her trainer has made to keep her healthy and one of them has been a burrito sweat bed! So what exactly is a burrito sweat bed and what does it do for you?

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Sweat bed are often utilized as "sweat lodges," (yes you heard that right!). Sweat beds use infrared technology to purportedly improve a person's mood, skin and help them lose weight. Participants spend approximately 55 minutes in the sweat bed but see the effect for the next 36 hours. One session in a sweat bed can cause a person to burn between 800 and 1600 calories. A person get tucked tightly inside and voila, the burrito effect is achieved!

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Of course, everyone out there has been giving the sweat bed a whirl, trying to confirm how much it can actually do for your skin, weight or mood. As part of the experience, experts have also been decrying the claims made by sweat beds.

According to one participant who documented her experience on BuzzFeed:

I wouldn't say I felt "stoned on endorphins" as one person said we might, but I did feel good. That may be because I was just glad that I wasn't being slowly cooked to death anymore. This treatment left me 10 times sweatier than a workout, but I didn't feel 10 times as tired. After eating some orange slices and drinking tea, I felt fresher, despite looking disgusting. The whole process is definitely stimulating, and I did feel better than when I went in, but that could be because I got to just relax and watch Netflix for a while.

And what do experts have to say? Well the physician jury is out on this one. At the very least, this physician who weighed in on Health.com:

"If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is--and this is a perfect example of that," says Dr. Peeke. "All of the assumptions that have been made about this service have absolutely no foundation whatsoever in science. None, zero, zip."

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