When you pursue a medical weight loss plan with us, you will soon learn the importance of exercise to your overall health goals. But sometimes our clients tell us a secret, regarding why they have avoided exercise in the past: They tend to sweat a lot and feel embarrassed about it.
Luckily, we have some reassurance for you. Sweating is not nearly as embarrassing as you think! Truly, almost no one is going to be measuring how much you sweat, because they’re worried about their own insecurities. And your sweating probably isn’t nearly as excessive as you think. But even if you do sweat a lot, it’s not a big deal. Here’s why.
The amount that you sweat has nothing to do with your physical condition. Nope, it actually does not mean that you’re out of shape. Some people simply have more sweat glands than others. Try observing marathon runners sometime. They’re obviously all in great shape, but some sweat a lot more than others.
Sweating serves an important purpose. Your body sweats in an attempt to cool itself off during exercise or other strenuous activities (or just in the hottest part of summer). It’s a protective mechanism that keeps you safe. Plus, you’ll sweat out accumulated toxins, so drink plenty of water to flush out your system.
Sweat isn’t actually smelly. Sweat is mostly composed of water, which doesn’t really have a smell. But yes, certain bacteria or fungi in your skin’s biome can make some people smellier than others. Don’t worry about the sweat itself.
Sweat means your body is working the way it’s supposed to. Since your body sweats to cool itself, it just means you’re exercising and burning through some energy. But unfortunately, no, you can’t measure calorie burn from the amount that you sweat. So while it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, don’t attach too much meaning to it.
The best way to know that your medical weight loss plan and exercise routine are working is to attend regular weigh-ins and checkups with us. Schedule an appointment to get started, and we can answer any other questions you might have about nutrition or exercise.