About 54% of U.S. adults are currently trying to reduce their weight. And while traditional weight loss methods typically involve developing a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise, some prefer to take the unconventional method. In the case of weight loss, there are countless ‘unconventional methods’ out there, but weight loss clothing is a fashion category that’s quickly gained popularity. But does weight loss clothing have any legitimacy, or is it just another gimmick? Here’s what dieters should know.
Can Clothing Boost Metabolism?
Contrary to popular belief, your choice of clothing during the day can make a difference in reaching your weight loss goals, particularly when it comes to your metabolism. Worldwide e-commerce fashion industry revenue is predicted to rise from $481.2 billion in 2018 to $712.9 billion by 2022, and there are a variety of brands dedicated to providing options with materials intended to have a metabolism-boosting effect.
“Your casual daywear can also help boost metabolism. In fact, smart dieters wear comfortable designs that help burn more calories all day long. This extra movement is called non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) and it can add up to hundreds of calories each day,” writes Malia Frey on VeryWellFit, recommending brands like Crane and Lion, Lole, Lululemon, and prAna.
Shoes Help Shed Pounds
What’s not quite as surprising is the effect that shoes can have on the number of calories you burn throughout the day. Shoes can have an astounding effect on different aspects of your body, from your posture, to your balance, and more. But don’t go rushing for a pair of high heels; while they may help to strengthen your calf muscles, they won’t do much for weight loss, and they could even cause other foot problems with prolonged wear. Instead, wear shoes that make you want to get up and move.
“If you’re really serious about burning more fat and calories all day, you’ll wear supportive shoes that help you to increase your daily step count. Good shoes can even help you to improve your posture to make weight loss easier. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that you have to wear your grandmother’s orthopedic shoes,” writes Frey.
And it’s true — there are countless e-commerce and brick-and-mortar shoe stores dedicated to helping people with all types of lifestyles and fitness goals to put their best foot forward.
Compression clothes are specifically designed to increase fat burning rate by putting more pressure on your body with wear. But simply putting it on won’t do much good — it’s intended to to be worn before, during, and after a workout in order to reduce muscle damage. This could potentially help to increase endurance and burn more calories during your workout.
“Goal Weight” Clothing
Finally, don’t neglect the emotional and psychological effects that your wardrobe can have on your ability to stay on the right track toward achieving your weight loss goals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that $1,800 a year is spent by the average American on clothing, and many people like to purchase an item or two of clothing that’s the same size as they’ll be upon hitting their ‘goal weight.’ Keep this item of clothing displayed in a place where you’ll see it often and use it to help you stay encouraged and motivated.
The global wellness industry is worth $3.7 trillion, and when combined with the limitless possibilities of the fashion industry, you may find that your weight loss goals come easier as a result of a boost of both your metabolism and your confidence alike. Of course, it’s always best to consult your physician regarding the best dietary habits for your lifestyle and weight loss goals.