Introducing: ' The Slim Capsule' weight loss machine - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Introducing: ' The Slim Capsule' weight loss machine

Shelly Pscenicka remembers leaving the hospital after giving birth, weighing 175 lbs.

"I gained 70 lbs. during my pregnancy," Pscenicka recalls. "I was eating about 6,500 calories ad day."

To get to the very slim frame today, she turned to a space age looking pod called, 'The Slim Capsule'.

"I was doing it three, four times a week during the test phase and the pounds just started melting off," Pscenicka said.

Shelly works for Plant Beach, the company that has The Slim Capsule. Jennifer Spizale works there too and says she is down 60 lbs.

"How do you know that it's The Slim Capsule and not the tweaking in your diet and the two days of exercise that are making the difference?, Spizale questions Pscenicka. "Pscenika answers, " Because I've done the diet and exercise before. I joined a gym, I watched what I ate and everything and I did have the weight loss, but nothing as significant as this."

The Slim Capsule is a dry heat sauna getting up to 180 degrees. Your head stays out in the cool air with a fan blowing on it. The bed is contoured like your body and vibrates to give you a massage and you can choose the scent of aroma therapy you want during the 30 minute session.

Cellulite creams are put on the body and you can either wear a plastic type sweat suit or one that's made of a more transparent cloth. 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.

"We have a ton of testimonials from people that anywhere from 12 to 15 to 20 lbs. of weight loss," the creators of The Slim Capsule claim.

During treatment, special glasses with flashing lights are worn while listening to an audio message. The new reality hypnotherapist says it's creative visualization that increases pleasure chemicals in the brain reduces stress chemicals and changes behavior.

So what do the independent studies show? Well since there are no scientific studies specifically on the slim capsule. Doctors relied on studies of similar technology.

"Back in the 60's they did a lot of research to show that heat causes weight loss but it's water loss and this is because like wrestlers and jockeys who have to meet weight goals this is what they often they go in a sauna and they sweat that extra weight off but the minute they

Rehydrate obviously that weight comes back on and this is not new this so well documented "

"There is a biochemical effect from these types of lights that can be of benefit but it would take an enormous amount of frequency of treatments for you to see clinically a benefit. People who meditate for stress management how it lowers cortisol levels and it reduces inflammation and that's associated with obesity"

"I know that i'm losing the inches I've dropped three dress sizes so pants sizes so I don't believe it's just water weight," said Pscenicka.

Doctors say there is a benefit to heat therapy. Especially for pain management and even lowering blood pressure, but you should check with your doctor before using a sauna for a medical treatment.

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