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Swimming in Cold Water May Make You Fatter

December 13th, 2007 · 4 Comments ·


Many have taken up swimming as the exercise to lose weight. When we swim, most of our muscles are working and we have a full body workout. It is definitely a good cardiovascular exercise for hearts and lungs. The buoyancy provided by the water makes exercising easier if you have joint or balance problems.

Unfortunately, a research published by University of Florida has claimed that swimming may make people gain weight without the controlled diet. Source. Swimmers, who swim in cool temperature water, feel more hungry compared to runners or cyclists who usually experience increase in body temperature during the training sessions. Because of this, swimmer tend to eat large meal or drink sugar laden drink after their swim. So, when they eat more, they may not lose weight. Worse, their weight may go up. The research concludes that people who rely on aquatic exercise may not lose as much weight as people who work out on a treadmill or bike.


The researchers believed that body temperature might influence post-exercise appetite. Jogging under hot weather may help to suppress appetite yet burning equal amount of calories as in swimming.

I am not saying swimming is not good for losing body fat, but controlling what you eat after the exercise is important too. It is not the exercise itself that causes the problem, rather it is the increased eating after the exercise that causes the issue.

So, we know the cause and it is easier to fix it then.



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  • surfnux // Dec 13, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    heheh It was actually true without realizing it. :) Swimmers in my college used to be fat. Actually some of us, and some still have good body but they eat a lot too after competition or training.

    I used to do that too, big plate of dinner, and 2 glasses of fruit juice or any other drinks. Imagine how much calories consumed after that heavy exercise.

    Still trying to control my appetite lately as I am getting higher appetite for nice food. Must really take good care this holiday season from overeating. hehe

  • sylvesteR // Dec 13, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Can this aid hardgainers??If it does, that would be great!!

  • maria // Dec 13, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    I think if you want to lose weight, you must work hard in exercise and eat less..or at least control your appetite.

  • Molly // Mar 5, 2009 at 2:24 AM

    Swimming is one of the best things you can do for your body. Ask anyone who swims/ or has swam competitively.

    I recommend eating a banana before hand- the potassium and natural sugars of the banana will help you maximize your work out.

    Most swimmer eat a lot of good carbs to battle the hunger eafterwards (like wheat pasta).

    The point is, do NOT eat poorly. Exercise will NEVER make you healthy without the proper diet, and loosing weight for good means lifestyle changes, not quick fixes.

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