It is often overlooked that scuba diving is great for burning calories.
Keeping fit for scuba diving is very important for various health reasons in addition to reducing risks associated with diving which includes decompression sickness. The good news is that scuba diving can be great for losing weight.
According to PADI scuba divers can burn from 300 to about 600 calories per hour while diving. The calorie burn rate has to do with the body’s ability to thermoregulate. Therefore, accordingly, the calorie burn rate depends greatly on the temperature of the water in which you are diving.
Read through this post and consider the calories you burn while scuba diving.
Anyone counting calories knows that you must factor in both how many you consume through food and drink as well as how many you burn through daily activities and exercise. Although swimming burns quite a few calories, what about scuba diving?
Calorie counting and scuba diving
Being fit and healthy should be a top priority when it comes to scuba diving. Physical health not only enhances your experience and performance, but it also affects safety. Being out of shape or overweight makes us vulnerable to a number of risks in diving, including decompression illness. Many divers watch what they eat as a matter of course, but how do we count calories burned when diving? Does diving even burn significant calories?
Lose weight by scuba diving
If the idea of losing weight by scuba diving sounds too good to be true, rejoice, because it is not. Many experienced divers lose weight during the dive season without changing their lifestyle in any other way. When I go on a dive trip, making several daily dives, I typically return as many as 5 pounds lighter after only a week. And that weight loss comes in spite of consuming ample amounts of food — onboard cuisine is usually plentiful and delicious. So yes, it is possible, at least anecdotally, to lose weight simply by scuba diving.