As you exercise, you will work up a sweat and wonder, “Will this cause me to lose weight?” There is a lot of misunderstanding among people outside the fitness industry about sweating and whether it can actually take off pounds.
First of all, realize that weight gain is usually directly related to the fat build-up in your body. On top of that, certain foods cause you to retain water. When you begin dieting, you will see some encouraging results in your first week but this is caused mostly by water loss.
You might see the scales drop slightly when you sweat, too, but it will be temporary. Yes, you will lose weight as you shed the excess water, but there’s more to weight loss. You can’t just sweat it away.
Sweating plays a major role in maintaining your health. It helps your body to get rid of toxins that build up every day. It keeps you cool in hot weather and when you are exercising. And it helps to clean your skin so that it breathes properly.
Excessive water loss is extremely dangerous and can kill you. Your body will go into shock from dehydration if the water is not replaced quickly. That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water while you are working out. Exercising and drinking less will not cause you to lose weight. It will make you ill.
One of the benefits of sweating is the mental boost you get when you step on the scales. This alone can motivate you to work harder and longer because you are seeing results right away, even if they will be short lived.
Consider this. If you are working out and sweating, you are also burning fat and calories. The key is to be sweating and moving, not just sitting relaxing in the heat.
As you go through your workout, pay attention to how much you are sweating because this is a sign that you need to replace the water as you exercise. If you stop sweating altogether, stop exercising as this is a danger sign. Your body can quickly overheat, causing heat stroke or worse.
While water is highly recommended to replace lost fluids, it doesn’t replace the nutrients that your body is shedding through sweating.
For extreme exercise that goes for an extended period of time, it’s equally important to drink some sort of sports drink that contain those much-needed nutrients, like potassium. As your body loses water and nutrients, you will begin to notice muscle cramps, weakness and dizziness.
It really is a catch-22, however, especially if you are exercising to lose weight. Many sports drinks are high in calories. Fortunately, there are alternatives you can choose, like Crystal Light or similar sugarless beverages.
Regardless of your beverage choice, always include water as it is vital to health. You will not gain its benefits if it is overshadowed by sweeteners and additives that are found in sports drinks. Save those until after your workout to replace the lost electrolytes.
Never endanger your health by eliminating water in the hope that it will help you to lose weight. Water is essential to survival. Your body requires 8-10 glasses of water per day and perhaps more when you are working out and sweating.
Keep exercising, keep drinking water, and you will lose weight as the excess fat begins to fall away.