Zaggora Hotwear (Review)

Zaggora Hotpants

I love testing exercise apparel, especially when the technology is unique and the designs are interesting. So when ads for Zaggora Hotwear started showing up in my Facebook feed it seemed like a good idea to give them a try. The weight loss hot pants come in bright colors and cool designs and according to the company they may help me burn more calories. So I reviewed the original Zaggora HotPants to see if I noticed a result.

What Are Zaggora HotPants?

Zaggora is a brand of exercise clothing that claims to help you burn more calories during workouts and throughout the day. According to the company, wearing Zaggora Hotwear can lead to a “statistically significant” increase in caloric burn both during and after exercise.

The pants and tops are made out of a blend of lycra, polyester, and neoprene. The combination of layers is something the company calls Thermofit Technology. According to Zaggora, the fabric technology harnesses the body’s natural heat during exercise to help you burn more calories.

The Skinny on Zaggora Science

Zaggora Hotwear isn't cheap.The HotPants retail for over $110 in the United States. So smart consumers should take a critical look at the science behind Zaggora's claims before they invest their money. The company cites three very small studies to suggest that the HotPants burn more calories.

In the largest of the three studies, they claim that the pants may help users burn an average of 6% more calories during exercise. That might sound impressive...until you put that number into perspective.

During a typical exercise session, an average sized woman might burn 300 calories. If she wears the HotPants for the session and burns 6% more calories, she'll burn an extra 18 calories.

  That's the caloric equivalent of about five M&M candies, a small piece of gum or half of a Twizzler.

If you're trying to lose weight, you should be even more critical of those numbers. To lose a pound of fat with exercise you need to burn 3500 calories. Weight loss at a reasonable rate of 1-2 pounds per week would require you to burn an additional 3500-7000 calories per week or 500-1000 calories per day. The extra 18 calories burned by Zaggora Hotwear may not put a dent in those numbers in a way that is noticeable to you.

Zaggora Hotwear Review

To do a full review of Zaggora Hotwear, I tried wearing the HotPants and a Zaggora tank style top. The clothing is very thick, doesn’t breathe and causes your body to sweat. The design and feel of it reminded me of scuba gear. It did not look like the images I saw online. But I put them on with good intentions of wearing them throughout the day and for my evening workout.

After about four hours in the pants, I wasn’t able to keep them on anymore. Sitting in the sweaty, sticky pants was simply too uncomfortable.

The top, however, was easier to wear. I did start a workout wearing the gear, but had to cut it short because it was simply unbearable.

Did I see results? No. In fact, I wonder about any exerciser’s ability to wear the pants for long enough to gain any benefit at all. And if, like me, you have to cut your workout short because you're too uncomfortable to continue, you'll burn less calories, not more.

Bottom Line: Should You Buy Zaggora Hotwear?

A recent Good Morning America story on Zaggora Hotwear promoted the brand as a comfortable way to burn extra calories. My experience with the HotPants was very different. Of course, every exerciser is unique, so it's reasonable to see a range of Zaggora reviews. But if I was spending my own money I would choose to spend it on more effective methods of weight loss

So what are your other options? With $110-$120 dollars you could invest in a session or two with a personal trainer to learn more effective ways to burn more calories with exercise, you could buy a heart rate monitor to boost the effectiveness of your workouts or you could make an appointment with a registered dietitian to get a personalized meal plan for weight loss.

If you prefer to spend your money on workout apparel and you like the feel of supportive fabrics, try compression gear.  The high-tech, lightweight workout clothing shapes and supports your body during exercise to help you look and feel better during your workout.

Most importantly, before you buy any product that makes attractive weight loss claims, do your homework. Just because a pill, a gadget or a pair of pants is "backed by science" doesn't mean that it will provide any noticeable benefit to you. What is statistically significant to a scientist in a lab setting is very different than what is meaningful to you in your home. Always use common sense. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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