The benefits of saunas!
I love having a good melt in the sauna, it warms you up when you have a chill, it sweats out the toxins in your skin, and of course it helps you lose that little bit of weight.
Sauna’s can actually help you quit smoking as when you sweat for long periods of time the excess nicotine in your body will be expelled to help curb the cravings. I find that when I have stalled in my weight loss having a sauna can help break the barrier to losing the next few pounds. Interestingly enough though the only way to continue the cycle is to drink lots of water. I will drink nearly three litres of water during the day, sweat it out in the sauna at night, and voila! Another point lost.
Of course it is important for your body to stay hydrated as toxins and fat need to be flushed out of the body, and if you are planning to try having a sauna please keep in mind that proper hydration is key for your body to be able to handle it. If I use the sauna to break my weight loss stall I will do it for up to 5 consecutive days, any more than this and I find that not only does it stop working but I wan’t to rely on it. Usually I will be able to continue with the weight loss or I will have to fast for a day to kick start my body.
It’s also important to not get too excited over the weight loss of a sauna as you can lose a pound a day. This fast paced weight loss is not maintainable for the long term. The best amount of weight that you should aim to lose is 1-2 pounds per week, this will ensure that your weight loss is achievable and less likely to be regained.
If the thought of a sauna is enticing, try an epsom salt bath before hand to relax and open up the poor of your skin. Try a face mask and hair mask during your bath, this way when you have a sauna any left over particles from the face mask will be sweated out, lessening the risk of acne.
On the quest to lose 50 pounds in a year. Can she do it? Only time will tell....with the help of this blog.