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Diet Mythbusters: Experts burst some bubbles about losing weight

Diet Mythbusters Experts burst some bubbles about losing weight


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There's no science in weight loss advice, even when given by a doctor.

My favorite weight loss myth:

You can burn 100 to 300 calories by having sex. In fact, having sex burns calories at about the same rate as walking at a pace of 2.5 mph. “Given that the average bout of sexual activity lasts about 6 minutes,” the authors write, a man in his early to mid-30s might burn 21 calories. But wait, it gets worse: Considering that this man could burn 7 calories just watching TV, the true benefit of having sex is only 14 additional calories burned.

I've never seen a comparison of sex and television with respect to calories burned.

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I think Oprah did one years ago.

She's biased. Of course she's going to insist television burns more calories!

I wonder if cuddling burns more calories than television.

I'd rather cuddle then have sex. - Imgur

Doesn't mean sex isn't a fine mood enhancer!

This is the only long term-large number study on popular diets done by a respected doctor (a stanford vegitarian!) and the results were surprising. While none of the made a huge difference, only atkins made some... and not only reduced weight, but blood cholesterol and other factors everyone blames of dietary fat

Thank you for posting that!

Essentially, one cannot conclude the merits of an activity by calorie count alone.

There are other factors to take into account, such as a feeling of calm.

I remember hearing (can't remember where and Auntie Google isn't helping) that having sex either reduces ghrelin (hunger hormone) or (more likely) increases leptin ("fullness" hormone). Both of those things would mean you'd have less appetite and presumably eat less after sex. Not to mention that it keeps you away from the fridge ... certain fetishes aside.

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