Sauna and Diet - Myth vs. Fact
Today we'll debunk the most common myths about sauna and diet. As you might know there is a lot of information scattered over the web about the benefits of saunas and how it help in weight loss. The only problem is most of the information is not accurate or misleading. Read on to find out what's true and what's not.
Myth 1: Thirty minutes in a sauna can burn 1000 calories.
This myth is driven from the fact that sauna can burn calories, but it's exaggerated. The U.S. Army conducted a research which shows a sauna session can burn between 300 to 600 calories. This happens due to the sweating process itself, as well as increased heart rate.
Myth 2: Sauna use will reduce the body fat through sweating.
Regular sauna use help in reducing your body weight over time by reducing the excess salt beneath the skin; not by sweating fat. After using a sauna, you may notice that you lost about one to two bounds, which is mostly water weight that is gained as soon as your body hydrates. A sauna session removes water and salt through sweating. One may question what has salt to do with weight loss. Well, salt in our bodies is deposited beneath the skin and for the salt to remain nontoxic, it requires water. Hence to keep the body intoxicated, lot of water is required and this adds to the bulk.
Myth 3: Fifteen minutes inside a sauna is equal to running five miles.
Comparing running and sauna
use is like comparing apples to oranges. Any diet program should include exercise and eating right. Using a sauna complements your diet program and provides the extra edge that many of us need.