How Many Calories Do You Burn During Sex?
Most people burn about 100 to 200 calories each time they have sex — but here are some really fun ways to send that number through the roof.
By Beth W. Orenstein
Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH
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It’s hard to imagine a more enjoyable way of burning calories than sex. (Most people would gladly trade in that run on the treadmill for a romp in the hay).
But is sex really the calorie-burning engine it’s often made out to be?
That’s what scientists have been trying to figure out for years. Researchers have attempted to measure the number of calories burned during sex on numerous occasions, but the results have varied greatly, says Carole Lieberman, MD, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and author ofBad Girls: Why Men Love Them &HowGoodGirlsCanLearnTheirSecrets.
Giveherpartneramassage.He’sbeenbeggingforabackrub—andhere’sagoodreasontogiveittohim:Massageburnsabout80caloriesanhour,Liebermansays.Taketurnsmassagingeachother; that way, you can both take advantage of the calorie burn (and its arousing effects).
Dirty dances.A good prelude to great sex? Go out dancing! Whether you head out on the town or make some suggestive moves in the privacy of your own bedroom, kicking up your heels can burn 170 or more calories in a half-hour.
Has an orgasm (again!).Want to top off your calorie-burning romp in the hay right? Reaching orgasm can burn an additional 60 to 100 calories, Lieberman says. So why stop after just one?
The secret to burning more calories during sex is easy, says Lieberman. All you have to do is put more passion, heat, and time into the act.
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