Hot yoga. Packed spin classes. Steam rooms and saunas. Often we come out of these feeling like the more we’ve sweat, the more calories we’ve burned. But does just the act of sweating, if you separate it from the physical activity that causes it, burn calories or result in weight loss? Many people (including myself) just assumed that it does. After all, I often feel as spent as if I’ve just worked out whenever I get out of the sauna. So there must be something to it.
Not so fast. I explored this more in this article for mindbodygreen. Yes sweating has some health benefits. But it has nothing to do with your weight.