Inside a small tanning salon, there's a strange looking pod that is reshaping Nina Labbe's body.
She has lost four inches off her waist and dropped five pounds after seven days of 20-minute sessions in high heat up to 180 degrees, and lots of sweating inside the slim capsule.
A company spokesman for Sybaritics, the makers of the Slim Capsule, says there are 35,000 machines like this worldwide.
There have been nearly 4 million sessions in the pods resulting in $50 million in revenue.
While the company does not claim Slim Capsules possess any health benefits, it does claim it increases your core temperature -- and that every degree it goes up, your metabolism is increased by 6 percent.
Bariatric surgeon Dr. John Pilcher believes people who use the machine sweat out pounds of water weight that will eventually come back.
Stephanie Covarrubia is about to get gastric bypass because of that struggle. She says she's tried just about everything to lose weight and believes the slim capsule is a gimmick.
It's up to you to decide if the slim capsule's great for your waist-line or a waste of time.
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BACKGROUND: About one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged two to 19 years are obese. (Source: CDC)
STANDARD DIET: If you were to list the factors that increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, intestinal disorders – just about any illness – the standard American diet has them all: (Source: AskdrSears.com)
· High in animal fats
· High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
· Low in fiber
· High in processed foods
· Low in complex carbohydrates
· Low in plant-based foods
FIGHTING THE FAT: THE DEBATE -- The Slim Capsule works where the body is tucked inside a capsule and heated with LED bulbs and heating elements. The head sticks outside the unit, while a fan blows cool air on the face. Before getting into the Slim Capsule, you apply lotion and oil to your “trouble areas.” These two products help break down cellulite. You also wear a zip-up suit that helps your body reach top temperatures. The first Slim Capsule sessions gets you to about 150 degrees. The temperature is increased in following sessions until your body core reaches 175 degrees, which is tolerable because your head is outside the station. Sessions in the capsule last from 20-30 minutes.
The company that markets The Slim Capsule says it detoxes pulling toxins out of the body. It reportedly tones, firms and contours the body, burns calories, increases metabolism and circulation. There are also light-emitting diodes (LEDs) -- head-to-toe lights they say help with anti-aging and firming of the skin. Some doctors say heat does not increase metabolism and burn calories, the women who use the Slim Capsule say their bodies, skin and stretch marks look better, and it's motivating them. It’s up to you to decide. (PlanetBeachfranchise.com)
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