SEX is often described as a great workout, but could it actually help you lose weight?
Doing the deed does indeed burn calories, although it may not be the cardio quality you think it is.
How many calories does sex burn?
The amount of calories you burn during sex obviously depends on a few factors.
The sex position you choose, its duration, and your level of activity will have a pronounced effect on the number of burns.
A 2013 study by scientists from the University of Montreal found that men burned significantly more calories than women during sex.
Their results – published in the journal PLOS ONE – found that on average men burn 100 calories on average, while for women it’s 69.
It has been estimated that men burn around 4.2 calories during a fucking session, compared to 3.1 for women.
This may be because men can be more physically active during sex, but it’s mainly because men weigh more and their energy expenditure is therefore higher, even for the same amount of exercise.
What are the best sex positions for burning calories?
Different positions can give different results in terms of burning calories.
But which positions burn the most?
Online retailer GolfSupport.com set out to find out and gave Fitbits to 112 heterosexual couples and told them to wear them during sex.
This is how each position could see you burn.
Women burn the most during the Squat – 188, this can be increased to 224 by going faster.
Doing a reverse squad will drop you 137 calories, the man lost 48 calories.
The butter churn
The Butter Churner is a nice gym position, but for those who can handle it, women lose around 179 in half an hour, while men will explode around 211.
The kneeling wheelbarrow
The kneeling wheelbarrow is a great way to lose a lot of calories.
Women can burn 149 calories in this position, while men will lose about 167.
The standing position
The standing position is another big energy burner and is the second most intense position for guys.
Men can burn about 198 calories, while women will lose about 145.
Cowgirl and Reverse Cowgirl
Cowgirl and reverse cowgirl both burn a lot of calories for women – around 139 and 137 respectively.
Men exert less effort in these positions and only lose 48 calories.
The Lotus does not require a high level of flexibility and will also help you lose quite a few calories – 148 for men and 139 for women.
69 takes a lot of effort from both partners, but much more for the women in the study who lost around 111, compared to 78 for the men.
Is having sex every day healthy?
There is no evidence to suggest that having sex daily has any adverse effects on your mental or physical health.
The exception to this could be pain on your genitals due to frequent intercourse.
If this happens, it might be a good idea to give your erotic gear a well-deserved rest.