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December 9, 2011 1:10 PM
Hi,
I have been using myfitnesspal to monitor my diet and exercise for about three weeks and it has really helped me to loose a more than a couple of kilos. Thanks for the great effort in maintaining an excellent database.

I started going to a local gym today and they have a very good sauna room and a warm water jacuzzi. Do they help in burning any calories as well? It would be a great hep if they could be added in the exercise section of your website.

Thanks and regards,

Akhlak
December 9, 2011 1:50 PM
Sitting still is not exercise :)

Enjoy your new gym :)
December 12, 2011 2:49 PM
Even lying in bed makes you loose some calories and that is without doing anything ;) (thats what BMR is all about)

I am sure sweating it out in the sauna for 20 minutes must burn more than that. I agree it's not an exercise, but it probably does have an effect. Just knowing how much, would be helpful.
December 12, 2011 3:47 PM
You will burn calories while lying in bed or sitting still, but we don't log that as exercise. I don't think sweating burns any calories. You're just losing water.
December 12, 2011 3:50 PM
From the Canadian Medical Association Journal:

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Some believe the sauna is useful for weight reduction, but there has been no evidence to support this theory. There is a transient weight loss related to fluid loss just after a sauna is taken; afterwards this weight is regained quickly with the intake of fluids. Salt too is lost during a sauna.

Why, then, do people take saunas? There are few reasons that would stand up to scientific scrutiny. Indeed, most would seem to be word-of-mouth promotion schemes by those of us who enjoy the relaxation afforded by a warm environment; we attribute the relaxation to the decrease in peripheral vascular resistance afforded by heat.

Source: The Sauna: A Health Hazard?; Earl M. Cooperman, MD; Associate Scientific Editor Canadian Medical Association Journal (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1818735/pdf/canmedaj01421-0014.pdf)
December 12, 2011 3:51 PM
QUOTE:

Even lying in bed makes you loose some calories and that is without doing anything ;) (thats what BMR is all about)

I am sure sweating it out in the sauna for 20 minutes must burn more than that. I agree it's not an exercise, but it probably does have an effect. Just knowing how much, would be helpful.


You're exactly right! You will lose some from this....sort of detoxing for your skin, body...but I'm not sure how to put a calorie count on it....just enjoy the feel and knowledge that you're losing something. I love the hot sauna!! Love it love it love it!
December 12, 2011 3:53 PM
Zero. Sweating does not equal calorie burning.

You will lose water weight. You will not "detox". As soon as you have a big glass of water, that lost weight will return.
December 12, 2011 3:55 PM
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You're exactly right! You will lose some from this....sort of detoxing for your skin, body...but I'm not sure how to put a calorie count on it....just enjoy the feel and knowledge that you're losing something. I love the hot sauna!! Love it love it love it!

As far as sweating out toxins, that would only be true if you had a "true toxic exposure".

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A typical sauna uses steam to heat the body, but a new kind of sauna works by infrared light, in which radiant heat is absorbed by the body. Some claim it's better than steam because infrared saunas will make you sweat more. There have been many claims that any sauna can get rid of deadly toxins, but one expert at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital says here's what you need to know about sweat.

"When we sweat a lot, we are releasing some toxins, but that's only if one has a true toxic exposure," said Dr. Daniel Monti, an Integrative Medicine Expert. "For example they have high levels of mercury or lead in their blood, that needs to be assessed in a medical way and addressed in a medical way."

Dr. Monti says there are many claims linked to infrared saunas like burning calories, speeding anti-cellulite programs, relieving arthritis, and even boosting white blood cell counts, but there is no proof of any of that.

Source: http://www.kcbd.com/story/12260474/facts-and-myths-on-using-saunas-to-cleanse-the-body-of-toxins
December 12, 2011 3:59 PM
Yes, the jury is out on whether it is good or not. It is water weight you lose cause you sweat alot, but I still love to do it. I love to use a sauna! I drink 2 glasses of water when I am done. I feel so much better afterwards! They say it is calories burned because your heart pumps alot during the sauna treatment. I don't know, but to me it is awesome!
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December 12, 2011 4:09 PM
Try doing Tae Bo in the sauna.
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December 12, 2011 4:10 PM
There are no extra calories burned by causing yourself to sweat more. Don't you think if that was the case you would see people in ski jackets and turtleneck sweaters on the treadmill?
December 12, 2011 4:26 PM
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Try doing Tae Bo in the sauna.


LOL I think I love you.
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December 12, 2011 4:31 PM
I'm not sure that it does actually burn anything, but my bestie swears by it. I did hear though that it opens up your pores and helps to eliminate toxins from your system. I would think that the body temperature would help to burn some off, but I doubt that it would be much. Not sure, I hope to hear from anyone that knows.
December 12, 2011 4:34 PM
what r u guys talkin but it burns cals!! 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 a hour!
December 12, 2011 4:36 PM
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I'm not sure that it does actually burn anything, but my bestie swears by it. I did hear though that it opens up your pores and helps to eliminate toxins from your system. I would think that the body temperature would help to burn some off, but I doubt that it would be much. Not sure, I hope to hear from anyone that knows.

I posted this just a few comments up, but I'm happy to post it again here for you... flowerforyou

As far as sweating out toxins, that would only be true if you had a "true toxic exposure".

QUOTE:

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A typical sauna uses steam to heat the body, but a new kind of sauna works by infrared light, in which radiant heat is absorbed by the body. Some claim it's better than steam because infrared saunas will make you sweat more. There have been many claims that any sauna can get rid of deadly toxins, but one expert at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital says here's what you need to know about sweat.

"When we sweat a lot, we are releasing some toxins, but that's only if one has a true toxic exposure," said Dr. Daniel Monti, an Integrative Medicine Expert. "For example they have high levels of mercury or lead in their blood, that needs to be assessed in a medical way and addressed in a medical way."

Dr. Monti says there are many claims linked to infrared saunas like burning calories, speeding anti-cellulite programs, relieving arthritis, and even boosting white blood cell counts, but there is no proof of any of that.

Source: http://www.kcbd.com/story/12260474/facts-and-myths-on-using-saunas-to-cleanse-the-body-of-toxins
Edited by CaptainGordo On December 12, 2011 4:36 PM
December 12, 2011 5:07 PM
I would have though there would be some increased cal burn over sitting at a desk in air con just from the heat.

I use the sauna all the time but I do mobility drills/yoga stuff in there so that is definitely burning some cals.

It's best used as a recovery method rather than "exercise" though.

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