Losing Weight by Having Steam Bath?
After the class at gym,
while walking to the changing room, was chatting with a
"Hey, you want to join me
for the steam bath to lose some weight?"
Politely declined his offer.
From what I was told. Sad to
say, it is a misconception about losing weight by having
steam bath or sauna. First thing first, what we want to
lose is fat. Weight could be fat, water or even
muscle tissue, whereas fat is fat. The loss of
weight through excess sweating as experienced in the
steam room is not fat but water.
Once you drink water, such
weight will be back. More worrying is that if the fluid
loss is replaced by a high calorie drink, you may end up
by gaining fat as a result of your weight loss attempt.
However, another school
of thought - steam bath MAY help in weight loss.
Their approach is to detoxify the body. From the
scientific point of view, it is true that steam bathing
has a stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system.
The pulse rate will increase within short period. This
increases blood circulation, since the heat causes the
blood vessels in the skin to expand, accommodating the
increased blood flow.
Also, they believe that
weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins
are first removed. Furthermore, they believe that
sending more blood to the capillaries and converting
fats and carbohydrates results in much calories burned
during one short steam bath session.
So, who is right?
Use steam bath as one of the
methods to achieve your goal to lose body fat, but not
the only one. In order to reduce body fat,
cardiovascular exercise is a must. So does a good diet
plan with a strong discipline to do weight lifting.
If only steam bath is so
effective, I guess everyone will flock to have steam
bath, twice a day, 7 days a week, to become slimmer.
And we will never have
overweight people in the world.
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