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What You Need To Know About Sauna Weight Loss

Updated on February 13, 2016
Sauna Weight Loss
Sauna Weight Loss


As the obesity statistics continue to peak, the way to control weight is also rising on the other side of the scale. Weight loss problem is a global phenomenon that affected both the young and the adults and across all genders. One topic that I’ve come across is the sauna weight loss.

A Look At A Sauna Weight Loss

A sauna is designed to have a hot-air or steam bath, in a small room, purposely for cleaning and cleansing the body. Gyms, hotels, and some private residences have sauna room in their places to have a more invigorating bath and weight loss?

Can you lose weight in a sauna? Following the physical design of a sauna room, the answer would be yes. The steam bath allows you to sweat. When you sweat there is energy expenditure, thus calories are burned. Sitting alone at a room temperature, as quoted from the Health Eating Guide, allows you to burn an estimated 75 calories per hour. The number of calories utilized is relative to your weight.

Now, when you are sitting in a sauna, where the temperature can reach as high as 185°F, the number of calories burned is estimated to be 1.5 more or doubled, according to Fitness Blender. To illustrate, 185 pounds, sitting in a room temperature, can burn up to 63 to 84 calories. Following the equation, when an 185-pound person sits in a sauna room for 30 minutes, he or she can burn up to 63 to 84 calories.

Is It Enough To Lose Weight?

The estimate quoted by the Fitness Blend, when sitting in a sauna for 30 minutes, is not sufficient to make a drastic weight loss transformation. Besides, when you use a sauna as your primary weight loss management, it is not going to translate into something significant to your weight loss goal. Sauna weight loss is just a loss of water in the body because the body’s reaction to the dry heat of the sauna is sweat. You are not building your muscle.

When your body is exposed to the sauna’s dry heat, you need to replace the water loss. Otherwise, you would get dehydrated.

Is It Healthy?

For people who are otherwise healthy and has no heart issues, sauna is healthy. As cited in the Harvard Health Publications, Dr. Harvey Simon, editor-in-chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch said, “all saunas appear safe for the body, but there is little evidence that they have health benefits, above relaxation and a feeling of well-being.” (health.harvard.edu). He said that sauna is safe for people with stable coronary artery disease.

In conclusion, a sauna weight loss can only provide you with a minimal outcome regarding the calories burned, which may not compensate for your high-calorie intake. Nevertheless, the sauna can be utilized as an adjunct to your weight loss management when you want to relax your mind, contemplate on the things that you need to straighten up in your diet loopholes and if you want to recharge your tired body. Least you forget to drink water often to replenish the water loss while sitting in the sauna.

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