Could heart-pounding fun between the sheets help you get slimmer faster? Definitely! But the reasons an active sex life promotes weight loss go beyond its potential to torch calories. They touch the core of this ultimate mind body soul experience. What the heck are we talking about? Consider these five ways sexual activity helps, get and keep you slim. Some will surprise you, and all will please you.
Sex blasts calories
Instead of burning a measly 70 calories lying in bed together watching Netflix, invest in some highly enjoyable exercise. A mere 25 minutes of sex – we are figuring 10 minutes of foreplay, 15 minutes for the main event – burns 88 calories if you are a 150-pound woman, 106 calories for a 180-pound guy.
That is the same energy you would expand doing a light workout on a rowing machine or stationary bike. Trying out a fun new position that feels like an adults-only game of Twister will boost the burn rate a little. And going for a second round will, too. Arriving at the Big O gets your heart pounding as much as bounding up a tall flight of stairs.
Sex curbs carb and fat cravings
Regular sex can help keep levels of cortisol, the high anxiety hormone, in check. That is good news because too much cortisol boosts your appetite for high fat, high carb goodies and tells your body to store the extra calories around your midsection. A romp in the hay short circuits cortisol’s ill effects.
Turns out sex dampens your body’s “fight or flight” response to tension provoking events. Intercourse, specifically, also calms your blood pressure, even when everything around you is going haywire. You remain serene instead of being possessed by an unstoppable craving for Twinkies. This stress buffer can translate into a slimmer midsection.
Sex can keep your diet on track
How? By improving your body image. Getting a self-esteem boost is one often overlooked reason people have sex. What better proof of how appealing you are than an appreciative lover and a mutually satisfying romp.
And the rewards keep coming. Not only does it improve your body image, but a better body image improves your sex life, too. Women who like themselves physically dive into more and better sex, regardless of the number on the bathroom scale. And when you do that, your appreciation for your body may spill over into healthier eating habits and a stronger commitment to exercise.