And the Answer is….False!

Is it true that the more you sweat the more calories you have burned?

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Your body creates sweat to cool you off when your body temperature gets too high.  Think of it as your air conditioning system. You’re born with between two and four million sweat glands, and how much you sweat depends on the number of sweat glands you have (more glands equal more sweat). Women tend to have more sweat glands than men, but men’s glands are more active, so they sweat more. Perspiration is also affected by how hot it is, how intensely you’re exercising, and whether or not you smoke or drink coffee or cocktails — smoking, caffeine, and alcohol can increase perspiration. What you’re wearing also affects your sweat as synthetic fabrics trap in heat. Fat also acts as an insulator, so overweight people sweat more than those of normal weight.

Don’t use the amount you sweat as a good indicator as to the number of calories you’ve burned. What matters is how long and how intensely you’re working out. Intensity is key!

So sweat or do not sweat….it’s out of your control…the only thing you control is how hard you are going to hit your workout. I say hit it hard for maximum intensity and let the body do its job of sweating, burning and building some muscles!

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