Can you sweat the fat?

I saw a lot of useless stuff trying to convince you that is possible to lose fat locally. Advertisement sells you fat burning belts and suits and if you think it is ridiculous to run in the plastic bag, well you are right. Let’s see is there any link between fat loss and sweating.

Fat loss is stimulated by calorie deficit. It can be caused by eating less calories than you burn or burning those calories through the workout. In both cases, the only way to lose weight is to spend more calories than you need to maintain your weight.

You cannot sweat the fat.

What is sweat?

There are between 2 and 4 million sweat glands in the body, which are able to produce sweat in order to keep preferred body temperature. When your body reaches temperature about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, those glands start to secret sweat to cool down your body. When moisture in sweat evaporates off your skin, it cools you down. Perspiration is like a natural air conditioning to the body. Sweating can indicate you are losing fat, but just in case of some physical effort.

Since the sweat is made of mostly water, it is possible to lose some weight (I am talking about weight loss, not fat loss). When you lose too much water and don’t replenish it, it could lead to the dehydration, which could cause serious danger for overall health. Sweating won’t help you lose those fat layers, until you burn lots of calories.

What does influence your sweat rate?

Seems like some people tend to sweat more than others. If we exclude temperature and humidity, it may depend on your gender, fitness level, age, genetics and many other conditions. Bigger people will sweat more because they have a bigger mass to cool down. Fit people also sweat more, because their cooling system is set to work better due to the physic effort during workouts. Men tend to sweat more than women. As we see, it’s not the question of sweat then exercise.

Do you need to sweat to burn calories?

Even if you sweat less in comparison to the others, doesn’t mean you burn less calories. Sweat is not an indication of calorie consumption. Calorie consumption depends of many other variables such basal metabolic rate, age, gender, level of activity, weight, muscle mass etc. Only intensity and duration of workout have impact on burning calories. Also, to reassure you that the sweating helps in weight loss, it is important to recall that is possible to burn fat only by sticking to proper diet. So, fat loss is possible even without any sweat. Whatever, to gain great results, diet plus exercise is the unbeatable combination.

 

 

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