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Sex and Weight Gain/Loss – The Secrets, Facts, and Myths

the relationship between sex and weight loss

Sex provides a wealth of benefits to humans. But what we are even more obsessed with is the idea of sex as a workout technique!

It sounds appealing, right? Think about it…wouldn’t be awesome if you could have all that fun and orgasms while still getting in shape and burning calories?

Maintaining a healthy weight is vital for a healthy lifestyle.

With about 66.9 percent of women and 73.7 percent of men in the United States being either overweight or obese, it is no surprise that 66 percent of our entire population is on some kind of diet.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirms that physical activity is an essential component of successful weight loss programs.

Weekly cardio exercises of about 150 minutes will help you reach and maintain your target weight. You can supplement your efforts by eating healthy foods such as probiotics to aid in your weight loss journey.

But do we always find the time and energy to meet this goal?

Enter the sex alternative!

Having Sex and Losing Weight: The Myth

You’ve probably heard people disqualify the idea of sex as a weight loss exercises.

In their book, Don’t Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman argue that the estimated 30 minutes needed to burn 85 to 150 calories during sex are impractical.



They argue that most people last for about 5 minutes on average rather than the required 30 minutes.

They also assert that the increase in blood pressure lasts only 15 seconds during orgasm.

Sex is also not considered as a real workout because the amount of stress that sex exerts on the heart as measured by the increase in heart rate, which does not exceed 130, is similar to that of walking up two flights of stairs.

You have to work much harder and for much longer for sex to help you make any progress toward the recommended amount of exercise.

These statements are not entirely true, though.

The Relationship Between Sex and Weight Loss

There’s no doubt that sex makes us all happy.

And it’s also good for our health. Sex can help you lose weight by burning calories, although you won’t burn as much as you could when doing strenuous gym exercises.

Very few scientific studies have focused on the physiological effects of sex between human beings.

Most of them have only found an obvious increase in heart rate.

A study conducted in 2013 and published in PLOS ONE found that men who had sex at least once per week (including foreplay, intercourse, and at least one orgasm by either partner) for four consecutive weeks burnt about 101 calories on average, while women burnt 69 calories.

Professor Karelis also found that the heterosexual couples in the research lasted about 24.7 minutes on average (foreplay, intercourse, and orgasm), but the actual time spent on sex ranged between 12.5 to 35.9 minutes.

This study helps to make a solid conclusion: You can increase your calorie loss during sex by either taking your sweet time, getting more actively involved, or both.

Prof. Karelis also found that all the men in the study and 95 percent of women preferred sex to pounding on the treadmill.

We can conclude that sex can help you make progress towards the recommended 150 minutes weekly exercise goal.

These findings also resonate across the domain. Kerry McCloskey lost 23 pounds in the six months after engagement (and not from stress. Sex – lots of it!).

You can read her story in her book, The Ultimate Sex Diet: The Super Sex Diet That Works.

“It begins with thinking sexy thoughts and making sex a priority. I recommend having sex three to five times per week, which can be accomplished by doubling up on the weekends. Since it’s free and so much fun, I’ve found making love is the ultimate exercise machine.”

Kerry McCloskey


Sex Can Help You Reduce Food Intake

Sex promotes the production of oxytocin in our brains’ hypothalamus and in the gastrointestinal tract, especially during orgasm.

This hormone has been associated with vital functions, such as relationship building, empathy, breast feeding, and childbirth.

That’s not all, though.

Oxytocin has also been shown to reduce caloric consumption in human beings, nonhuman primates, and rodents.

However, oxytocin does not stick around our bodies for long. Half of it will be gone within 2 to 8 minutes after secretion.

Its effects on food intake will only be transient, but it will still be beneficial to permanent weight loss.

Sex Cannot Make You Gain Weight

I have heard people attribute weight gain in married folks or those in relationships to sex.

Allegedly, the ‘protein’ in sperms usually makes women gain weight! LOL!

How does sperm move from your reproductive system to your digestive system?

Then again, how much sperm does your partner have to produce to have enough proteins for weight gain?

C’mon, that’s just silly!

Sex CANNOT make you add weight. Hormonal imbalance does.

Imbalance may result from a wide range of factors, including menstrual cycle, puberty, and menopause.

Instabilities in either progesterone or estrogen hormones, or a deficiency of DHEA hormone can lead to weight gain.

For married couples, weight gain in both men and women has more to do with the comfort of a secure relationship and nothing to do with sex.

SO for those of us who can, its advisable to incorporate sex into your daily exercise routine.

It will not only make your relationship stronger, it will also help both of your keep fit and remain healthy.

The key takeaway is that sex has a plethora of health benefits, and, unlike a gym visit, you don’t have to stray far from your bedroom — or other location of personal preference — to make it happen.

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Tony Muchangi

Am an entreprenuer, blogger, and freelance writer. While I can write on virtually any topic, I have a specific passion for healthy living ideas, which is why I chose to start HFO. Follow me on social media and let's take this journey together! Thank you for being here!

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