Do Saunas Help You Lose Weight?
So I was hanging out with my buddy earlier today and he is a bigger guy. We were talking and he brought up the idea of going to a sauna to help him lose weight because he knows a few guys that do that and claim to have lost a few pounds. Do saunas help you lose weight?
In short, yes they do. Saunas DO help you lose weight, but the weight is not from the fat that you are losing. Which is probably what some guys who are starting a fat loss program are hoping for. The decrease in weight is due to your body losing water through sweating. If you are on a high salt diet, you will most likely regain all of that water weight back once you have a few glasses of water. There is a huge difference between weight loss and fat loss. Weight can be altered by the amount of muscle you have, how much water is in your body, how much fat you’re carrying and many other things. Instead of concentrating on losing weight, you should be concentrating on losing fat, which is what people are usually looking for if they are wanting to lose weight. I’ve always told people that it is not how much you weigh, it’s what you look like and how you feel. You could be a short, muscular bulky guy and weigh as much as a tall lanky guy, because the tall guy has bigger and denser bones. Do you know what I’m trying to get at now?
There are studies that show that sweating and overheating causes the heart rate to increase and therefore burns calories. Though it is true that you will burn more calories sitting in a sauna than on your couch watching TV, you will burn even more calories by spending your time exercising rather then sitting in a sauna. When wanting to lose fat, there is no easy way to do it. It takes hard work and dedication. If you’re looking for shortcuts and methods like this one to help you lose the fat then I’m sorry to say that this particular method will not work!
If you are a person that is trying to shed extra pounds, a sauna should not even be considered as a weight loss tool. You should be focusing on exercise and watching your nutrition.