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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

Emma Brown
Nutritionist

Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

Can I burn calories using a steam or sauna?

Hi, Can sitting in a Sauna or Steam Room burn calories? I often use both after a gym session or a swim but wonder if it actually burns additional calories or just improves my skin. I was talking to a fellow gym member who said that boxers use saunas to shed excess weight and trim down close to a weigh in....

A.

Our expert says...

Hi, 

I strongly advise that you avoid including the sauna in your calorie diary as although sauna’s have been quoted as potentially burning 300-500 calories from the increased heart rate to support the bodies cooling process, the ‘weight loss’ people experience is due to sweating and is restored as soon as people rehydrate.

Any type of weight loss through dehydration is not safe. Therefore the calorie loss is actually a false economy and short-lasting which would negatively affect the balance of your calorie calculations leaving you susceptible to overestimations of calories burned. 

Going for a walk, jog or a swim has the same calorie burning potential and incorporates the contraction of many muscle groups including the heart muscle and would very much warrant being recorded in your diary as they would provide health and metabolic boosting benefits, enhancing your fat burning ability over the next 12 hours.

Hope this helps, 

Kelly

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