Ever wondered whether sex has a significant effect on your weight loss? There was a buzz on this topic when Kerry McCloskey, a New York research expert and model, wrote her book titled The Ultimate Sex Diet. McCloskey was also featured in Oprah after she claimed that she lost a whooping thirteen pounds by just having sex for around eight times in a week over three months. Is sex really effective for weight loss purpose?

If we sum up McCloskey effort, then it means she lost around four pounds within a month which falls safely in the healthy weight loss rate (two pounds in a week). What makes this sound phenomenal is the promise that weight loss can depend on other things beside foods. There is one gray area in The Ultimate Sex Diet book which is McCloskey's claim that sex burns around two hundred calories within thirty minutes. This claim is written without citing adequate references as back up. Let's take a closer look on sex effect on calories burned and weight loss.



The number of calories burned during sex is a debatable issue. Although McCloskey claims that thirty minutes sex burns 200 calories, such estimation will vary greatly from one to another. There are a lot of variable factors to count such as the humidity, temperature, active movement during sex, weight of the people involved, as well as the intensity. These factors vary greatly from one condition to other thus making it hard for us to predict an accurate estimation of calories burned during sex.

A more orthodox approach hints that 30 minutes of moderate sex burns around 46 pounds (ref: Calorie Calculator) while 30 minutes of vigorous sex burns around 53 calories which is not much higher than a moderate sex. Let's take an average of 50 calories per 30 minutes sex for example. If you have sex seven times in a week then in a month you will burn 1400 calories. A pound of body fat approximately equals to 3500 calories (ref), so 1400 calories is less than a pound. Not a very encouraging number but sex can still help your weight loss journey in a different way.

Sex produces 'pleasure' chemical in your brain which can relieve you from stress. Many people transfer their stress to their waist by excessively consumes batty foods whenever they are frustrated. Sex helps by reducing the frustration thus should be able keeping you from stress eating. To think about it, sex indeed appears to be a more appealing stress solution than food.

Although the number of calories burned during sex is debatable and possibly very tiny, sex can still be a good addition to your weight loss for above reason. It's compulsory for you to know that weight loss does not come only from sex solely, it comes as a result of change in your lifestyle. Sex makes a great addition but that does not make sex a prime star in weight loss culture. A healthy eating habit coupled with fitness exercise,Wii exercise in the weekend and sex could really work wonder in chopping down the weight.

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11 comments:

  1. shern's mom said...

    sex help in weight loss? ::no wonder im not losin weight after havin shern:: just kiddin.
    but i doubt it. unless havin sex in a sauna or in a no-fan no air-cond room, then maybe. haha. thats interestin anyway.

  2. Scott said...

    Not going to begin to estimate the amount of calories burned but I would agree that sex is a workout both for the cardiovascular system as well as the lower back, pelvic and abdomen regions (sometimes more so than others).

  3. hackfin said...

    Sex is diet too but other does not right?

  4. Ellen said...

    You put it in a way that it finally makes sense that sex can help in losing weight although it's not a magical solution.

  5. IntanCen said...

    Perhaps you point that out, more sex less stress.

  6. Janet said...

    How do I make sure my husband doesn't see this post?... ;-) kidding - that was interesting Cherry!

  7. peter said...

    sxbI saw this bulletin on myspace showing the calories you would lose from each sexual activity. It's quite interesting, but I think that the purpose of that is for humor only and not really health science. I do think that you can lose some calories from sex, but not very many. What do you guys think?

  8. Health Freak Mommy said...

    I've read about sex and weight loss too but i guess it must be vigorous sex too LOL!

    BTW I've tagged u :)

  9. Cherry said...

    Thank you for the comment. Yeah I was hinting that you should not take the idea that sex burns a lot of calories seriously since the amount of calorie burned varies a lot. But sex does indeed help by reducing your stress. If you are stressed then you tend to eat more.

  10. Anonymous said...

    I have written a book about my own diet (to be sampled at www.dukaty.com, under "Publishing"), and the essence of this diet is that it is not food which is the primary factor for our fitness, resp. weight. It is the set of "behavioral" factors which is primary, and SEX is one of them !!! In other words, mine is a non-dieting diet: I do practice that some thirty years now, and I don't care about calorie counting, BMW and all the rest of garbage so popular in America (and now Western Europe, too). Yet I keep enjoying my food, all the time, my weight oscillates between 72 and 75 kilograms (summer vs winter), and, most importantly, I do enjoy SEX !!! How about that ?

    Ivan D.

  11. Fa Sy said...

    Sex helps to lose weight? I ve heard that bfore but I seriously doubt it. I never met anyone who lost weight just bcauze they were having a lot of sex :)



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