Can you lose weight just sitting in the sauna? The answer is YES!
There is actually a lot more to it than you would think. Sitting in an appropriately heated sauna raises the heart rate significantly and has effects on the internal system that do in fact burn calories. I personally have used the sauna for weight loss and while I know immediate weight loss will be water weight, the long term experience has shown me that sauna use can help you lose weight.
There are a number of credible sources on the web offering research studies and additional facts. As an example, here is a quote from Livestrong referring to Mayo Clinic’s findings:
“According to the Mayo Clinic’s health education website, your body composition, sex, and age are determining factors on how many calories you burn during any given day, even when you are resting; this is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR). A person weighing around 160 lbs. will burn burn about 300 calories during a 30-minute session in the sauna. That number changes based on your individual BMR, in addition to the temperature settings in the sauna and the amount of time you spend in the heat.”
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/242883-sauna-benefits-calories-burned/#ixzz2KFQRrzG9