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How Many Calories are Burned During Sex? (and other obesity Mythbusting)

>> Monday, February 11, 2013

Anyone out there of the opinion that minutes logged getting busy in
the sack count towards the day's cardio workout? Sorry for the bad
news, but - think again.

The New England Journal of Medicine has just published a very
interesting read about the myths, presumptions, and facts about
obesity. Amongst the myths is one about sex: while lore has it
that 200-300 calories are burned during sex, the average (6 minute)
romp in the hay for a 70kg man only burns about 21 calories (based on
3 METs, a metabolic equivalent of energy output). As the article
points out, watching TV for the same 6 minutes burns about 7 calories,
so the net burn is actually only 14 calories.

Now that I've got your attention - the other myths in the article are
definitely worth a read and are equally 'hot' topics of discussion!

Dr Sue Pedersen © 2013 

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