This is definitely one of the more common questions I get asked all the time. After all, you can't possibly have a good workout unless you're dripping with sweat, right? Well the truth is quite different. The fact is that sweat and number of calories burn are completely unrelated.
To burn fat, you need to burn calories. To burn calories, you need activity and movement. If you burn more calories than you ingest, you will lose fat. It's really quite simple. Sweat however is your body's cooling mechanism and has NOTHING to do with the number of calories burned. You can simply sit on the beach for the entire day on a hot summer day and not move. You will sweat like crazy, but that doesn't mean you're burning calories. You're losing water from your body which has nothing to do with fat.
I used to go to school with someone who believed in the idea that sweat equals more fat burned. He would wear garbage bag while he ran around the track hoping that the increased sweat would help him burn more fat. Obviously it did absolutely nothing except make him stink and get a little more dehydrated.
Actually the colder weather has been shown to burn more calories and provide better results than the hot weather . The oxygen content is richer and the colder weather actually causes you to burn more calories EVEN though you don't sweat as much. So the next time you think you need to be drenched in sweat to get a good workout, think again!
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