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.
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.