When you run or work out, you perspire. You may be wondering how much weight you will lose in this process.
Weight Loss And Sweat
While each person has his own rate of perspiration, sweating does cause weight loss. During one hour of exercise, the average rate of perspiration is between about 27 ounces and 47 ounces. So about two pounds is the average amount, give or take.
Every 16 ounces of sweat you lose equals a pound of weight. However, the weight you lose from sweating is not body fat or actual body weight. When you lose sweat, the weight you lose is water weight.
The results may seem good when you step on a scale immediately after working out, but the water weight you lose will return. In addition, excessive perspiration can lead to dehydration. You cannot rely on sweat loss to help you lose weight.
Working Out And Calories
When you work out, it is the calories you burn that helps you lose body fat and body weight. The more calories you burn, the more actual weight will come off.
For each pound you want to lose, you need to burn approximately 3500 calories. While it varies depending on your current weight, if you run at 5 mph for an hour, you can burn more than 600 calories. High impact aerobics can burn more than 500 calories. Water aerobics can burn more than 400 calories per hour.
Moderate exercise can help you lose water weight through sweat, but it also helps you shed body weight by burning calories. If you also reduce the number of calories in your diet, weight loss will be even faster.
Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal
Every hour that you exercise will move you closer to your goal. You should keep in mind that it is the calorie burning, not perspiration, that produces long-term results. You could sweat for an hour in a sauna, but the water weight would quickly return.
Instead, focus your weight loss program on a low-calorie diet and burning calories with daily exercise. You will lose pounds and fat, rather than water weight. You will be healthier, and the weight will stay off.