Sweating Off Calories?

@csrobins (1125)
United States
March 10, 2009 11:32pm CST
When you sweat, are you losing real weight or just water weight? I have always thought it was just water weight but my boyfriend said of course people lose real weight because that is how nascar drivers lose a lot of weight because seat like they're in a sauna. What is the truth about sweating?
4 responses
• United States
11 Mar 09
Sweating causes you to lose water weight. If you sweat because of exercise, you can lose fat because the exercise can cause you to tap into your energy reserves (fat cells). After you eat, you store glycogen in the liver, if yo do not use this energy source, it can be converted to fat. Conversely, when exercising, after you have used all the glycogen stored in the liver, you begin to burn fat for energy. There are other variables such as aerobic VS. anaerobic exercise, but this is the general idea.
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@csrobins (1125)
• United States
12 Mar 09
That's what I thought too, I still don't see why Nascar drivers lose weight though-unless that's a myth and it's just water weight.
@edelweiza (159)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
i believe the first response here. that to lose fat weight, you need to exercise. sweating doesn't do the job. we store fats in our bodies and these fats can only be release through exercise. also, we have to hasten our metabolism so we get to use more fats and energy and they won't get stored as just fats around our bellies.
• United States
11 Mar 09
If you lost fat just from sweating with no exercise (sauna) people who are overweight could get skinny just by going in a sauna everyday. We all know that doesn't happen. Calories are only burned by muscles using energy.
@bezzamae (447)
• Philippines
11 Mar 09
when you sweat, u burn some calories. or even just the mere fact of standing, you are alreay burning a little amount of calories you have! keep sweating and youll end up losing more calories.