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'I joined a gym in March. Summer season is the ideal time to hit the gym because I sweat a lot in hot days which helps me reduce weight quickly,' shares Khushboo Shinde, an IT engineer. She is not the only one who believes that excessive sweating is the key to acquiring a svelte figure. But, sadly it's just a myth.
Whether young or not so young, all believe in hitting the gym in summer season, considering it the best season to burn calories because the body generates a lot of sweat during sunny days. 'It's a common belief that extreme sweating will help you get rid of toxins and therefore lose weight faster. This happens because a high percentage (75%) of our body weight is water, losing some of that weight through sweating will help dieters slim down. But, the results are superficial and only temporary,' claims Pratichi Thakare, owner and fitness trainer at Eva Care Gym.
'I get maximum clients in the months between March to June every year. But quit after summers are gone, because they don't sweat much during rains. And therefore they don't lose weight once summer is gone,' Prachi added. And its not just women, even men in search of that elusive six-pack abs join gyms in the heat.
'The more you sweat, the more you lose your weight- this is just a silly misconception that people have,' says Nitin Pavle, Fitness Trainer at Your Fitness Club. 'A lot of men who are overweight join gym during summer season. During training hours they ask me to increase the training hours in a day, so that they can work out more to lose weight in a shorter period of time. But our body will reduce weight only when a regular workout is done. And most importantly a perfect diet is a must for a perfect body,' adds Nitin.
The only way to lose weight is to burn fat by reducing caloric intake, exercising more, or a combination of both moderate eating and exercise. This inappropriate mind set related to sweating to gain a perfect body, may also prove highly dangerous for one's body. Because over sweating may lead to complications for the body.
'Extreme sweating not only is ineffective but dangerous to your health as well. Depleting your body's precious water reserves this way can cause dehydration, loss of vital minerals and electrolytes, cause severe kidney damage and cardiovascular problems, among other health problems,' said Sharad Chauhan, fitness expert at Talwalkar's Gym.
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