As the summer approaches, many people look for unique and effective ways to drop a few (or a lot) of pounds in a healthy way. A new study has given people one habit to establish that could very well help a person lose weight over time, depending on their calorie intake. According to the journal Temperature, Steve Faulkner, Ph.D., led a study that helped him examine any links between indulging in a hot bath and any calories burned. Sure, hot baths might feel good, and bathers may have long suspected that time in a hot bath or even a steam room could burn calories, but now the exercise physiologist at Loughborough University is providing proof to the theory.
Dr. Faulker used 14 men in his study, and learned that one hour in a hot bath would burn on average approximately 140 calories per hour. Not only did the hot baths burn calories, but the peak blood sugar of the study participants were lowered approximately 10 percent more than working out lowered their blood sugar after a meal. The "passive heating" study needs to be studied further, say the study's experts, but the initial findings could be of interest to those looking for any daily habits to incorporate that could help them win the battle of weight loss.
For example, if a person isn't used to relaxing in an hour-long hot bath each day and they have the time and inclination to do so, adding that hot bath could very well add up in terms of calories burned over time, even if the person decides to take a 30-minute hot bath each day. That's 70 calories burned per day that weren't being burned previously, and as long as they aren't added back to the person's diet, they could represent a loss of weight over time.