New Article Says Sex DOES Burn Calories
More Sex and Less Housework
"One reason so many American women are overweight may be that we are vacuuming and doing laundry less often," begins a recent New York Times article, "What Housework Has to Do With Waistlines.”
No, you did not just hop into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and travel back to 1963, when according to the study cited in the story, women spent an average of 25.7 hours a week cleaning, cooking, and washing mistress-lipstick off their husbands' shirts. Activities like these helped keep the women of decades past slim and sexy, say researchers. Sure, most of them didn’t have a college education, professional skills, or the means to earn their own money, but their waists! Tiny like miniature ponies.
Understandably, some women are irritated by the study’s implication that because we now spend a measly 13.3 hours a week logging housewife-like labor around our house, we're more fat-Betty Draper than skinny-Betty Draper. But the fact remains that we are burning 360 fewer calories a day than our grandmothers were.
The fact also remains that we are much more sexually liberated than our grandmothers, so rather than attempt to close that gap by hoovering your carpet, why not do it via hoovering your guy? Ba-dum-ching.
I spoke to Derek Leite, a personal trainer and founder of NYC Fitness, who broke down the calorie counts for the following sexual activities. Do this routine three times a week and you could shed 19 pounds—and have 156 orgasms—in a year.
Vigorous makeout session, 20 minutes: 50 calories
Striptease involving you showing him moves he ain’t never seen before, 10 minutes: 100 calories
Oral sex, giving, 10 minutes: 40 calories
Passionate, sensual sex, 20 minutes: 200 calories
Bonus: If you and your guy really get your heart rates up during sex, you’ll push yourselves into an anaerobic state, meaning you’ll continue to burn fat calories (up to another 50) over the next 24 hours. After all is said and done, you’ve scorched 440 calories. Which means you have an extra 80 calories to spend on a post-sex snack in bed with your lovah.
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