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Sauna/Steam and weight loss?

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"Although weight loss due to perspiration (water loss) is quickly regained, sending more blood to the capillaries and converting fats and carbohydrates results in as much as 600 calories burned during one short sauna session.

A single sauna session will burn as many calories as you would during rowing for 30 minutes. Weight loss occurs because body fat becomes water-soluble at 43ÂșC and the body can sweat it out."

Wed. Jul 27, 9:09pm

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This makes all the sense in the world. I'd love to do this... but I can barely spend 2 minutes in a Sauna or Steam bath. For whatever reason, it makes me uncomfortable. I'd welcome any tips on getting used to it.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 7:55 AM

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Well the one thing that is certain is that Sauna really gives your internal organs a workout, and that the detox benefits are probably very good. I always feel great after a Sauna.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:13 AM

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I took a Sauna yesterdaif nothing else it will warm you up.

Friday, February 16, 2007, 9:30 AM

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I totally believe this.

I love the sauna and after I take a sauna I already feel thinner and much healthier. I also notice that I don't want to eat very much on the day I take a sauna.

Plus, it gives you REALLY great skin. It opens up your pores and you sweat out all the junk that was stored up in there.

Saunas are the best things in winter - it really gives you that glow you usually only get during the summertime!

Friday, February 16, 2007, 10:54 AM

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sweat lodges are awesome, too!

Friday, February 16, 2007, 11:15 AM

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I'm not the usual spam alarmist, but the site mentione by 10:01 REEKS.

The link takes you to a site with nothing about saunas and insidiously pushes a weight loss drug. It looks like a very doctorly, clinical, trustworthy source of unbiased information, but every page pushes a prescription drug called Proactol. And the weight loss pill review, you'll notice it's the only drug with TM all over it. Very flawed, and very unwelcome.

Saturday, March 24, 2007, 10:25 PM

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how long is a short session to burn 600 calories??

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 10:53 AM

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Be aware that the OP's link is referring to infrared saunas which are different than steam rooms or traditional dry heat saunas. Infrared heat uses light energy to heat you. This means that the air temperature isn't as hot in an infra red sauna as others, but it will increase your temperature. Moreover, infrared saunas *according to literature* deliver heat deeper into you than other saunas.

Infrared saunas *apparently* burn 600 calories in a 30 min session. This however cannot be translated to mean that 30 min in a steam room/sweatlodge/dry sauna will burn 600 calories.

(And as a disclaimer, I'm only saying what I've been told as I sell the saunas, but I don't own one- I use a dry sauna at the pool where I swim)

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 4:40 PM

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I love an old school sweat lodge. We made a sweat lodge last year in N. Wisc. and it was so fun and miserable :) I loved it!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 8:00 PM

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Me too. I love the sauna. Too bad I feel to fat to go in.

Monday, March 26, 2007, 3:44 PM

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