Is Sweating a Good Way to Lose Weight?

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Is Sweating a Good Way to Lose Weight?

I come from a long line of sweaters. Not the kind where you knit but rather the kind where you drip. My mother sweats, my grandmother sweated, and I can probably assume my great-grandmother sweated too. It’s in our genes.

Although we tend to drench our head and wrist bands when we workout, we don’t actually burn any more calories than the non-sweater beside us.

Working out in a hotter place will increase sweating. Sweating is your body’s way of cooling off. When you sweat you lose water and salts and so while it is true that a person’s body weight can drop a number of pounds following a vigorous sweating session that weight is quickly recovered by drinking water.

According to the Military Fitness Center, excessive sweating has no useful purpose in weight loss. (tweet this)

Contrary to the claims of saunas and other heated-room therapies, sweating is not an adequate technique for weight loss. Dehydration doesn’t count as weight loss.

It may also lead to a number of health problems such as heatstroke, extreme loss of electrolytes, kidney damage, and cardiovascular-related emergencies.

Don’t worry whether you’re a sweater or not, just get out there and have fun exercising.

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