Sauna Weight Loss – Fat Burning Shortcut or Long-Term Sabotage — Oversavvy

Sauna Weight Loss – Fat Burning Shortcut or Long-Term Sabotage

"Even though there aren’t any accurate statistics on this matter, there is an average number of calories that you can burn, while sitting in a sauna."

Olivia Almeida

Olivia Almeida

Wellness Sage & Writer at OverSavvy
Olivia is passionate and super savvy when it comes to Weight Loss, Well-Being and everything Health & Fitness related. As the ultimate coach and cheerleader, this girlboss will help you take charge of your life to drop those extra pounds and look and feel your best. Nobody understands better than Olivia that the struggle is real, but if you follow her advice, you’ll be feeling fit, fierce, and fabulous in no time.
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Nowadays, weight loss is one of the most discussed topics, and it seems like every day a new diet or weight loss fad hits our news feeds. Some work, while others prove to be utterly laughable.

Saunas have been used for more than 2000 years, for various reasons, but most recently they have gained popularity as an effective way of losing weight. But still, a lot of questions remain, and people are often wondering if this method of weight loss is effective or even safe.



The following article aims to offer you a list of pros and cons and to make you aware of the advantages and disadvantages of sauna weight loss.

 

Sauna Weight LossPros

Weight loss

Without any doubt, weight loss is the main advantage of using a sauna. While staying in that hot environment, you will sweat and therefore, lose weight. Even though there aren’t any accurate statistics on this matter, there is an average number of calories that you can burn, while sitting in a sauna.

Typically, a regular person will burn around 42 calories in a 30-minute sauna session. An overweight person will be able to lose more calories in the same time, because of the adipose tissue.[1] Metabolism is also an important factor here, and it determines how fast, the body responds to the outer environment.

Detoxification

Not many people are aware of this, but sauna is also a good method to detox your body.[2] As you’re sitting in the sauna, you perspire and you release the lymphatic fluid, contained by the sweat.

The lymphatic fluid has the role of collecting the toxins from your organism and as you sweat, you will totally eliminate them from your system.

Another way to achieve that would be to exercise and drink lots of water but as the specialists are telling us, the detox process will be slower and less effective. If you want a proper detox, sauna is the best solution. A detoxified body is a healthy body, able to lose weight more efficiently.

Water disposal

A lot of people have problems with the water retention. Due to some congenital disorders, they are unable to properly eliminate it, and the water is stored in their system.

Of course, there are many drugs and treatments available on the market, but some of them are ineffective or come with side effects.

One of the most natural ways to solve your water retention problem is by going to a sauna.[3] The water excess is simply perspired out of your body and this will be visible in your weight.



Cons

Temporary weight loss

Even though sauna might help you lose some weight, most of it is due to the water elimination. It’s known that after a sauna session, the water levels in your body will drop, but this is only a temporary manifestation.

As you hydrate yourself, the body will recover its water level and restore it to a normal standard. Unfortunately, your previous weight will be restored as well in this process.

Losing muscular tissue

When you perform any type of cardio exercises, you tend to burn the fats, but you also train the muscles and keep them in a good condition. This doesn’t happen when it comes to saunas. That hot environment will burn your adipose tissue but it will also affect your musculature.

Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid that, and the only method to keep your muscles in good shape is to perform some physical exercises, after the sauna session.

Sauna Weight Loss can generate heart problems

It’s already known that if you are exposed to a torrid temperature for a long time, your health might be affected. That’s why cardiologists advise any patient who’s suffering from heart conditions, against using the saunas and hot tubs [4]

The intense temperature will eventually overwhelm your body and your blood pressure will increase substantially, leading to some major heart complications.

However, if used for a short period (maximum 30 minutes sessions), sauna is actually good for your heart, because the warm environment tends to lower the blood pressure.[5]

Conclusion

As you can see, saunas can be both beneficial or harmful for you, depending on how you’re using it. However, although it can be used carefully as a method to lose weight, it is far from the best one.

If you want the best weight loss results, you should consider incorporating sauna sessions into a well-balanced exercise regimen. Many people turn to sauna weight loss out of frustration and desperation when traditional workouts don’t give them the desired results. But often times, just correcting a few common workout mistakes is all that’s needed to get real results.

References
[1] Adipose Tissue: Wikipedia
[2] Detoxification Through Saunas: Needs.com
[3] Sauna For Water Retention: Timeout
[4] Sauna Cauton For Heart Disease Sufferers: Cleavland CLinic
[5] Sauna Aids Heart Health: Harvard.edu

Olivia Almeida

Olivia Almeida

Wellness Sage & Writer at OverSavvy
Olivia is passionate and super savvy when it comes to Weight Loss, Well-Being and everything Health & Fitness related. As the ultimate coach and cheerleader, this girlboss will help you take charge of your life to drop those extra pounds and look and feel your best. Nobody understands better than Olivia that the struggle is real, but if you follow her advice, you’ll be feeling fit, fierce, and fabulous in no time.


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