Myth- Sweating helps you lose weight

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Its a common misconception that sweating helps you get fit. But that’s not really true. You sweat because its a mechanism for your body to cool down. So, you may weigh up to 1 kg less after an intense, sweaty workout because you’ve lost water weight. You will gain back all of that weight once you start eating and re-hydrate yourself. The key to losing weight and getting in better shape, is reducing the fat content in your body.

Photo- Sweaty Body (alexajeann@flickr)

Photo- Sweaty Body (alexajeann@flickr)

For years people have tried to use sweat suits, steam rooms and sauna belts to lose weight. We find it hilarious that people believe those sauna belt ads for weight loss. Excessive use of these might be unhealthy as over sweating can lead to dehydration and its effects. In fact, its always recommended to keep drinking fluids as you sweat. Keeping your hydration levels up helps you perform better.

The best way to get fit and reduce fat is to perform a mix of cardiovascular exercises (like running, cycling, etc) and weight lifting, with a balanced diet. So, work up a sweat, and ensure you hydrate yourself.

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