Does sweating make you lose weight? Should we absolutely sweat when we play sports and why this natural phenomenon occurs?
WHY DO I SWEAT?
Sweating is a very normal phenomenon of self-regulation of your body.Indeed, your body likes to be in a state of homeostasis, ie a state of equilibrium. The temperature of your body, for it to function normally should be between 36 and 37 ° C.
During physical exertion, the vast majority of the energy produced (70%) becomes heat, which explains the rise in body temperature. The perspiration allows to evacuate this produced heat.
WHY I LOSE WEIGHT ALL THE SAME
During a physical activity, water loss through sweat can become significant, which can represent several liters of water per hour of sports activity.
When you know that a liter of water weighs 1 kg, you can lose 1 to 3 kg per sport session. But all this is only a big illusion because you will find them again as soon as you drink. Besides, do not think that you also lose fat, it is only water: so you must absolutely drink before, during and after the effort.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF DEHYDRATION?
Sweating a lot without bringing your body the water needed for rehydration can lead to many symptoms:
- fatigability with the effort
- impairment of alertness
- poor coordination of movements (resulting in less precise gestures and risk of injury)
- less good reactivity of the muscles (causing cramps, contracture until elongation or breakdown)
- less good resistance and flexibility of the tendons (tendonitis or even tendon rupture)
- fever, headache, vertigo, tinnitus, tachycardia …
The very first sign is the sensation of thirst: when it appears, you are already dehydrated.
Never wait to be thirsty to drink
SWEAT BELT, WATERPROOF CLOTHING AND OTHER UNNECESSARY ITEMS
Taking advantage of people’s naivety about sweating, some vendors have developed clothes and accessories that allow you to sweat more . Among the sales arguments, there is that of weight loss. The “I’m sweating so I lose weight” had become fashionable.
Know that all these clothes and accessories prevent you from releasing the heat in the right way, forcing you to sweat more, making it dangerous to practice your sport! These are just marketing arguments just to make you buy!
HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT THEN?
It is the regular practice of a physical activity that will allow you to lose weight and lose your weight. For that, you need to preserve your muscle (by bodybuilding at body weight or with loads, and by eating enough protein) in order to metabolize your fats. Then you have to make sure to eat quality foods and control your quantities.
The winning combination would be to do weight training and high intensity cardio. That’s exactly what you’ll find in our sports program for women and our men’s strength training program !