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Myth busted: Sweating doesn't burn calories

Last updated on: October 09, 2017 12:28 IST

It only means that you have lost more fluid through sweat.

Martha Hunt

If you are one of those who think you'll lose more weight if you sweat more during a workout, then we might have some important news for you.

According to, sweating during a workout does not mean that you have burn more calories, it means that you have lost more fluid through sweat.

As soon as you replenish your fluids, your weight will even out again.

While it's common to assume that the more you perspire, the more calories you burn, there's actually little correlation between the two.

There are two key factors that determine an effective calorie burn -- duration and intensity.

As a guide for getting maximum workout results, current Australian physical activity guidelines recommend 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous activity a week.

For people trying to keep their weight in check, guidelines recommend adults increase to 300 minutes (five hours) or 60 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most days of the week.

Regular exercise along with a balanced diet is the best and the only way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, not doing everything you can to sweat more.

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Source: ANI