Is it enough to take a nice sauna to lose a few extra pounds?
It is not true that saunas make you lose weight. They simply help to eliminate sweat and to lose fluids.
A common belief holds that the use of the sauna promotes weight loss by helping to burn calories. Surely taking a sauna can bring many benefits to our body both physical and mental. The enormous source of heat present in a sauna, in fact, allows to improve perspiration, relax the muscles and purify the skin. However, all this does not allow us to affirm that by taking a sauna it is possible to lose weight.
It is in fact only a pure and simple sensation due to the fact that in the sauna (given the high temperatures and the presence of steam) you sweat. But sweating is not the same as losing weight. Sweat, in fact, is not connected with the loss of fat or with a greater consumption of calories but leads to a significant loss of fluids and mineral salts. These however, within a few hours, are reintegrated by our own organism as soon as we drink water or a soft drink, bringing the weight back exactly to the previous values.
So that it is therefore possible to obtain some results on your body weight by taking a sauna, it is necessary to combine it with the right amount of physical exercise, replenish the lost fluids with saline supplements and follow a healthy diet.
1. Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of the Agricultural Economy (CREA). Guidelines for a healthy Italian diet. Chapter 5: Drink plenty of water every day. Year 2003