The Myth About Sweating
A lot of people believe you can sweat your extra pounds away. They hop onto the elliptical for fifteen minutes dressed in clothes more appropriate for a run outside in Alaska in the middle of January. The belief is that the amount of sweat excreted correlates to the amount of weight shed. This statement is not completely false. According to Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL and guest author for Maxim Fitness, it is possible to sweat away extra pounds. However, this weight is all water weight. The second you drink something after your workout, the weight is back on. This type of weight loss is a quick fix and not healthy.
So then what is the point of sweating? Why would a person work out so much that he or she is completely drenched? The fact is that sweating means you are burning calories, which is the basis of weight loss- burning more calories than consuming. Calories are a measurement of energy; therefore, when calories are being spent it is felt through heat and when the body heats up, you sweat. Sweating is a good thing; it is a good gauge to see if you are pushing yourself. When you finish a workout, if you are not sweating, then it might be time to re-evaluate your workout. You should ask yourself if your workout is demanding enough. Should you increase weight, or lengthen the amount of time you spend at the gym? These are questions that only you can answer because only you know what your body can handle.
Sweating is important and a good gauge to see if you are pushing yourself hard enough during your workout. Just remember that you can’t really sweat away pounds because it is all water weight that will come right back. So go ahead keep eating right, jump on the treadmill and sweat like no other.