Have you ever heard the claim that saunas burn calories and can help you lose fat? So, is this claim true? Do saunas burn calories?
Everything burns calories. You can burn calories by simply sitting at your desk. This is called your resting metabolic rate, which means that you expend a certain amount of energy every day, even if you do nothing at all. The question is, do saunas burn significantly more calories than just sitting?
Saunas elevate your heart rate and may help you burn a few additional calories. The exact number can’t be estimated, because it depends on your body weight. Let’s say that you may be able to burn a few dozen extra calories, at the most. So, don’t expect to see any actual fat loss, through the use of saunas. The perceived weight loss that happens in a sauna is due to sweating. Losing a few pounds of water may help you feel lighter for a couple of hours, but this water weight will come back as soon as you get thirsty.
In conclusion, saunas burn a few more calories than just sitting and far less calories than exercise, which means that the use of saunas is definitely not an effective fat loss method.