What You Need to Know About the Plastic Suit Kim Kardashian Uses to Lose Weight

Kim Kardashian West seems determined to get her body back in pre-baby shape. Last week she shared on Snapchat the belly button laser she got to fix her post-baby belly button. Now, she’s working out in a sauna suit to drop a few extra pounds.

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Kim has lost a significant amount of weight since giving birth to Saint West in October, but she’s looking to lose 7 more pounds to bring her down to her goal of 115 lbs. “I’m wearing a full sweat suit cause I gotta lose this extra, like, 7 pounds,” she said on her Snapchat video while her trainer teases her. 

She isn’t the only Kardashian sister to wear this plastic suit while working out. Khloe is also known to sport this full-length tracksuit to accelerate weight loss. 

However, we want to know if this practice really works and, more importantly, is it safe?

Philadelphia, PA bariatric doctor, Charlie Seltzer, MD, explains that this practice is probably ineffective and definitely dangerous. "You're dehydrating yourself and losing electrolytes which is a set up for potential health issues," says Dr. Seltzer. "By sweating out water you can definitely lose weight on the scale but it doesn’t make you look any different." He stresses that the minimal and short term results you would see from using a sauna suit are not worth putting yourself at the greater risk.

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"I suppose if you're carrying water weight from swelling, then sweating it out can change it a little," continues Dr. Seltzer. "But you can also do that with just a hard workout without the sweat suit." 

As for a little bit of perspective, Dr. Seltzer adds: "People get fixated on a number, but no one knows how much you weigh when they look at you." It's about how you feel and how you feel like you look, not what's on the scale. Once again, proving how insignificant numbers are, whether it's seven pounds. or two pounds.