For the longest time, people believed that sweat equals weight loss. Sweatsuits, saunas, and body wraps became so popular among people who wanted to lose weight. While it’s true, you will lose weight from all these methods but the weight that will be lost is from the sweat, which is basically water and electrolytes. Meaning, that the second you rehydrate you will gain back the weight.

Sweating actually has no role in how much weight you lose. The more you sweat does not equate to you losing more weight.

The internet is filled with pictures and “motivational quotes” that lead people to believe that the more you sweat the better. So many people end up doing hours and hours of cardio so that they can see the sweat and avoid any strength training that doesn’t make them sweat as much.

Contrary to popular beliefs and myths, sweat is the body’s internal cooling system not the body’s way of getting rid of fat. When you sweat during a workout, this is actually a bodily response to the rise in body temperature. Sweating is the way the body cools itself down, to avoid your body’s temperature becoming too high and affecting your organs. Once the sweat leaves the skin, it cools the body down slightly. As long as you keep working out, the body will continue to sweat until your body temperature comes back down to normal.

Once sweat leaves the body, naturally you will lose some weight. However, this weight is temporary and as soon as you rehydrate or eat something you will gain back this weight. The realist is, sweat doesn’t actually achieve permanent weight loss. Permanent weight loss is achieved by combining both exercise and a healthy diet. Even though sweat doesn’t necessarily mean weight loss, the body excretes sweat while undergoing an exercise session so sweat is an indicator that you are working hard and burning fat.