Sauna Calories Burned Calculator

Created by Wei Bin Loo
Reviewed by Anna Szczepanek, PhD and Rijk de Wet
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024


With this sauna calories burned calculator, we aim to help you estimate the calories you burn and the weight you lose thanks to using the sauna. Feel free to check out our calorie calculator and calories burned calculator to understand more about this topic.

We have written this article to help you understand whether using the sauna burns calories and how many calories you burn in the sauna. We will also demonstrate some examples to help you understand the calculations, such as how many calories you've burned in the sauna for 10 minutes.

💡 In this article, we use the everyday term "calories", while the calculator uses "kilocalories (kcal)". They refer to the same thing — although "kilocalories" is scientifically correct.

Does sauna burn calories? Do you burn calories in a sauna?

Saunas have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to relax and unwind, but many people also believe that they can help with weight loss. The idea is that sitting in a hot, steamy room causes you to sweat, which in turn burns calories. But is this really true? In this article, we’ll explore the question of whether saunas burn calories and look at some of the other health benefits of sauna use.

Does a sauna burn calories? The short answer is yes, but the number of calories burned is relatively small. However, you should keep in mind that it's not a substitute for exercise or a healthy diet. While sauna use can contribute to weight loss, it should not be relied upon as the sole means of shedding pounds.

💡 If you want to eat healthy, you might like our meal calorie calculator!

How many calories do you burn in a sauna?

To understand the sauna calories burned calculation, let's take Carrie as an example. Carrie has been sitting in the sauna for 15 minutes. Let's calculate how many calories has she burned.

You can calculate the weight you've lost in the sauna in three steps:

  1. Determine the time sitting in sauna

    The first step is to determine the time you sit in the sauna. For Carrie, this is 15 minutes.

  2. Calculate the calories burned by sitting in sauna

    On average, a person burns about 500 kcal by sitting in a sauna for 1 hour. Now, we can calculate the calories burned using this formula below:

    calories burned [kcal] = time [min] / 60 × 500

    So, Carrie burns about  15 minutes / 60 × 500 = 125 kcal by sitting in the sauna for 15 minutes. This calculation is based on an average rate — the actual amount of calories burned by sitting in a sauna for a hour depends highly on a person's metabolic rate. You can modify the rate in the advanced mode of this calculator.

  3. Calculate the weight loss

    The last steps is to calculate the weight loss given the calories burned by sitting in the sauna. This can be done using the formula below:

    weight loss [kg] = calories burned [kcal] / 7,700

    By sitting in the sauna for 15 minutes, Carrie has lost 125 / 7,700 = 0.016234 kg = 16.234 g.

FAQ

Does sitting in a sauna burn calories?

Yes, sitting in a sauna technically does burn calories. However, the number of calories burned is relatively small, and saunas should not be relied upon as the sole means of weight loss.

How many calories burned in sauna for 10 minutes?

10 minutes in the sauna will burn about 83.33 kcal of calories. This calculation is based on the average of a person burning around 500 calories by sitting in a sauna for 1 hour, but this number may vary depending on the individual.

How do I calculate calories burned in sauna?

You can calculate the calories burned in sauna in three steps:

  1. Determine the time in the sauna.
  2. Calculate the calories burnt using this formula:
    calories burned = time in minutes / 60 × 500.
  3. Calculate the weight loss using this formula:
    weight loss in kg = calories burned / 7700.

Can using a sauna help with weight loss?

While sauna use can contribute to weight loss, it should not be relied upon as the sole means of shedding pounds. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are key to sustainable weight loss.

Wei Bin Loo
Time in sauna
min
Calories burned
kcal
Weight loss
kg
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