With more than half of the world’s population being on a diet, weight loss is clearly on our minds. But should you include sex in your weight management plan? We investigate.
A healthy weight is part and parcel of a healthy lifestyle. Keeping our pounds in check is good for our ticker, our bones, and our lungs. It might even keep cancer at bay, as we found out this week.
Whether opting for a tried and tested Mediterranean diet or a relative newcomer, like intermittent fasting, as a nation we understand that our diet, our weight, and our health are intricately linked. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, losing weight, and keeping extra weight off once it has been lost.”
The HSS recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week, but less than 25% of adults manage to hit this target. Where does sex fit into this?
Well, sex is good for our health, it burns calories, and it makes us happy. You are, of course, unlikely to burn as many calories between the sheets as during a heavy gym session. But exercise alone may not be the panacea for weight loss we give it credit for, according to a recent study.
So, get ready to look at the obvious and some of the more surprising reasons why sex should be firmly integrated into our plan to reach and maintain a healthy weight, regardless of whether you are a gym buff or not.
While some may argue that a study on healthy, young individuals may not be representative of the general population, the participants included a wide spread of weight categories. Body mass index for men varied between 19.5 and 31, putting at least some of the men in the overweight and obsess category. For women, the range was from 16.9 to 26.6, meaning some of the women were underweight and some were overweight.
The study doesn’t reveal anything about the participants’ weight during the 4 weeks they took part. But if you are looking to shift some weight, exercise alone may not be the answer to weight loss. In conclusion, sex can cause weight loss but not major results can be seen as many people used to believe it would. Instead, you will be lucky to have lost more than a couple of pounds after a night under the sheets with your partner. So don’t rely on sex as your exercise for the week, get yourself into a gym or out running instead.
For more advice on sexual health, contact us today at Moorgate Andrology.