Will you lose weight while sitting in Saunas?
Several fitness experts claim that 300-1000 calories are burned during a 30-minute sauna session. It sounds nice, right? You get to burn those beer belly and flabby arms in a hot room for 30 minutes and use an average of 10 to 33.3 calories per minute.
However, it doesn't work that way.
There are tons of misleading information out there making people believe that you can lose weight while sitting in a sauna. So better continue reading this article for you to get some factual information and helpful tips to losing weight.
If you ever watched a calorie readout on a treadmill, you’ll know that burning a rate of 14 calories per minute is extremely high and hard to maintain unless you do vigorous activities like running, cycling, or playing basketball. So what makes people think that you burn such a high rate of calories in a sauna?
They claim that your body has to struggle to maintain it’s preferred temperature, which causes the metabolism to kick into overdrive, thus, calories are burned. There is truth to that but in no way would that ever cause you to use any more than double the rate of calories for doing exactly what it is that you do in a sauna or steam room; sitting.
You’re not building muscle, you aren't burning a significant rate of calories, and you’re only losing water. In addition, not replacing the water you are sweating out can actually make it harder for your body to lose weight.
The weight that you lose while you sit in a sweltering room is purely water; water that you should be replacing as fast as you are losing, otherwise you are just severely dehydrating your body. Not practicing proper hydration while you’re in one of these hotboxes is unhealthy and actually makes it tougher for your body to lose pounds permanently, as hydration is an essential component in shedding extra weight.
You wouldn't even want to use a sauna for weight loss even in the most temporary instances. For example, if you were trying to lose weight quickly for an event or to squeeze into a particular dress, you would feel (and maybe even look) terrible if you had used a sauna to drop those last few pounds before the event without re-hydrating your body after the sweat session.
Proper diet and exercise my friend, would be the best advice that I can give you. Go and ask your dietician, fitness instructor, or even your family doctor about it. I am very positive that they will say the same thing that I've said. There is no shortcut to natural weight loss. You have to work hard for it. Do it in a safer way and finally, see yourself in the mirror shedding those accumulated fats that you sustained through long years of improper diet and lack of exercise. So you better act now before it gets even worse!