Losing Weight With Cupid


Granted, the latest weight-loss program to make the rounds won’t shed pounds as quickly as plans more firmly rooted in that familiar diet-and-exercise mantra. But hey, there is that “fun factor” to consider.

Instead of counting carbs or calories, this math involves kisses. Rather than ruthless Nutrition newsletter. That’s close to what’s consumed while eye), Goldblatt estimates you burn an additional 22,100 calories.

Make those interludes vertical and you may burn even more calories.

“Sex isn’t always weight-bearing, but it certainly can be,” quips Peter B. Anderson, PhD, past president of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and a professor of health education at the University of New Orleans. “Do it standing up and you’ll burn more calories and also stress bones and muscles in different ways that would be good for you. Hold your partner in the air and you’ll burn even more.”

Not quite that athletic? “As a general rule, the partner on top who is doing more thrusting will burn more calories,” he tells WebMD.

Even with Olympic-caliber libidinous gymnastics, Anderson is quick to note that caloric intake by approximately 500 calories per day, the equivalent of a 3,500 calories decrease in one week, or increase caloric expenditure by the same amount. “Any increase over current levels of intercourse will burn more calories than you’re currently expending,” says Anderson. “So if you go with the data that you burn around 200 calories with intercourse, by having sex every day, you could conceivably burn about 1,400 calories a week.”

The total stats for the Kissing Diet are nothing to sneeze at:

  • 3 kisses per day at 9 calories per event X 365 days = 9,855 calories
  • 2 amorous interludes (horizontal) per week at 212 calories per event X 52 weeks = 22,100 calories
  • Grand total = 31,955 calories per year

But you must work hard if you want to get the most weight loss bang for your buck from each encounter … or vice-versa, so to speak.

“The more engaged you are in movement during sex, the more active you are, the more benefit you’ll derive for weight loss and wellness,” says Patti Britton, PhD, clinical fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensual Massage.

“One of the things I teach as a sexologist is to exaggerate and replicate the signs of an orgasm. When we’re orgasmic, we have pelvic thrusting. The more pelvic thrusting you both can do — during the entire act — the higher the level of physical activity and amount of caloric expenditure.”

In other words, give it that ole’ college try — every time you hit the sheets. And it may not hurt to try it different ways. “I recommend couples engage is several different positions with each encounter,” she tells WebMD. “You’ll likely be more active and hence, burn more calories. And variety is always the spice of a good sex life.”

And when should you employ this advice? Biologically, morning sex makes more sense, says Britton, because a pooling of testosterone — the so-called “hormone of desire” — occurs during sleep. While both sexes produce testosterone, men have the clear supply edge. You may have also noticed, those morning erections at times.

“Because of this pooling, when a man awakens, he is often in an aroused or pre-aroused state, so that’s when nature is calling his pager, so to speak,” Britton says. “But the reality is that there’s usually less time for sex in the morning because we’re rushing to work, and hurry-up sex is not ideal — for weight loss or anything else. Yet sometimes, a morning quickie can be your own Stairmaster burn. A good quickie can be really hot, arousing, and calorie-burning.”

Still, evening encounters offer their own advantage. “Many weight-loss programs teach that eating late is worse because that’s when metabolism is slower,” she explains. “So at the least, I would suggest that instead of having a late-night snack that contributes to weight gain, maybe you substitute it with a late-night romp.”