New HotPants claim to burn more calories and help you lose weight. But do they really work?

Workout pants claim to help you burn more calories

TAMPA - Mindy Miller, Melissa Cox, and Laura Baigrie workout regularly. 

So they agreed to test Zaggora HotPants 2.0 Capris, advertised with ThermoFit Technology that "harnesses the body's natural heat during exercise to help you burn more calories," according to the company's website.

And just by putting on the HotPants, the women already had opinions.

"They're Neoprene, so they're much more snug and thicker than others," Mindy observed.

"It feels like you're wearing a wetsuit," Laura added.

And Melissa noticed, "They're actually more comfortable than I anticipated."

For our unscientific test, we measured the ladies' waist, hips and thighs. Then they worked out in the Hotpants three to five times a week for a little more than two weeks.

According to the company's website, their own study conducted by ETScience based at the University of Southern California found HotPants increases energy expenditure during exercise by an average of 11 percent and burned 9.7 percent more calories.

Laura noticed one thing when wearing them.  "You sweat a lot more. So when you get home, your legs are just dripping in sweat."

And Mindy made a similar observation. "My shoes and socks were soaked when I was finished working out," she said.

Melissa discovered something else. Her heart rate monitor showed she was actually burning more calories.

"I burn an average of 40 to 70 more calories. It doesn't seem like a lot, but if you workout four to five times a week, it adds up over time," Melissa said.

We brought a pair of the HotPants to Dr. DelRae Messer, a chiropractor who specializes in nutrition and cellular detoxification.

"The fabric is thicker than I thought it was going to be. Almost like a wetsuit," Messer said.

Messer suggested why HotPants could be beneficial.

"The pros would be, of course, it's going to increase your core temperature and cause you to burn more calories at the time," Messer said.

But she said lifestyle changes and accountability need to be part of your overall weight loss plan.

"I really like the fact that the company touched on diet and exercise on their website as an overall approach not just using something like the pants to get results because we all know that the long-term approach takes a lifestyle change," Messer commented.

So did the HotPants work?

"Would you recommend these and would you wear them again?" ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan asked Laura.

"I'd wear them again, yeah," she said.

Final measurements showed Melissa lost 2 inches around her thighs, Laura lost 1 inch around her legs and Mindy shrank 2 inches around her hips.

"I will continue to wear them. I actually do feel like it has slimmed me down," Melissa said.
 
"I definitely noticed that I burned a few more calories and, hey, that's never a bad thing right?" Mindy joked.

To help lose weight, Messer has the following simple tips:

1. If you're trying to shed weight, the intensity of your workout matters more than duration, according to some research.

2. Drink plenty of water. If you're like most Americans, you drink more coffee, soda, energy drinks and juice than water. But consuming water flushes toxins, promotes cellular healing, helps digestion and can help curb food cravings.

3. Eat a snack high in protein within 20 minutes after a workout. It helps fuel your muscles.

4. The quality over quantity rule applies to exercise. And you don't have to overdo it. Working out at a high intensity for as little as 10 minutes per day using your own body weight or resistance bands is safe and effective.

5.  Tracking your progress with a journal, noting what you eat and how you feel, can be a good motivator.

For more information about Zaggora's HotWear, you can visit their website at http://zaggora.com/us_en/

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