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Will Compression Shorts Help You Lose Weight?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Will Compression Shorts Help You Lose Weight?
A woman at the gym is wearing compression shorts. Photo Credit: ferrerivideo/iStock/Getty Images

Compression shorts can play a helpful role during exercises such as running and aerobics, but don't expect to start shedding weight just because you wear them. Although wearing compression clothing can potentially improve your athletic performance and provide comfort during exercise, your choice of clothing doesn't influence the rate at which you lose weight.

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Weight loss is connected to your intake of calories versus those that you burn. You begin to lose weight when the latter exceeds the former, which is a state called a caloric deficit. In addition to possibly making you slightly more adept at your exercise of choice, compression shorts can often prevent chafing around your inner thighs. What the garment does not do is increase your caloric burn. Compression attire can potentially lead to side effects such as the risk of blood clots or circulation issues. Speak to your doctor before wearing this type of garment.

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