January 30, 2013

Having sex does not burn 100 to 300 calories.

It's more like 21 calories — according to a scientific study that reveals the average length of the oft-touted exercise is a mere 6 minutes.

55 comments:

chickelit said...

Tell that to Brangelina

Tim said...

Yeah, so what?

Still worth it.

Totally.

Sorun said...

How many M&M's does 21 calories work out to?

chickelit said...

Sorun said...
How many M&M's does 21 calories work out to?

About 6. Fewer if nuts are involved.

edutcher said...

It helps to take your time.

Hell of a lot more savory than a fine wine.

Sorun said...

The calorie burn is for the men. I don't know how they measure it, but women weren't studied.

traditionalguy said...

Wait a minute. The main sex organ is the brain and that succor eats up calories all day setting up the evening.

Somebody needs to explain reality to this scientist.

Just estimate the calories Jay Gatsby spent stalking and seducing Daisy Buchanan, not to mention the dollars he spent on stage sets.

Paul Hooson said...

It really depends what you do in bed. If your girlfriend just chains you to the bedposts, then sure you burn don't many calories.

Inga said...

Actually Trad Guy, it's been proven that the brain kind of shuts down during sex and the main sex organ is ......the sex organ! Althouse had a post about a study regarding this several months back, remember anyone?

Synova said...

Same thing with the supposed super calorie burning occupation of taking care of toddlers.

It's all a lie.

traditionalguy said...

Inga...But how long does it shut down for? I guess that depends on your partner.

Thank God for coffee.

Steve Koch said...

This is one of those averages with a very large standard deviation, ymmv.

madAsHell said...

A study has shown......

EDH said...

You mean to tell me attaching one of these to my push-button adjustable height desk instead of a treadmill was a waste of money?

AEH said...

What is the point of me getting married now?!

EMD said...

Yeah, if it's only once a day ...

Coketown said...

So nobody is going to buy a penis pedometer? Because...I invested a lot in them. They even have Nike+ functionality and googley-eyes pasted on.

Chuck Currie said...

I especially like the tags: Fat Sex

cheers

McTriumph said...

EDH
Which porn software subscription did you get with your electronic succubus? Also, do you know anything about this succulent cervix upgrade in the new brochure?

David said...

Skip dessert for sex. That will save 500 calories or more.

Comanche Voter said...

6 minutes? More like 60 seconds over Tokyo. Your mileage may vary of course.

David said...

Inga said...
"Actually Trad Guy, it's been proven that the brain kind of shuts down during sex . . ."

Well before, in many cases.

McTriumph said...

How could they ever measure women's caloric expenditures during sex? Women are all so different, some are orgasmic some aren't, some participate some sleep thru it, some are motivated by the hopes of a second date, some have succulent cervices, then there are the jackpots. Jackpots are gals that give as good as they get and know when to leave.

chickelit said...

Women are all so different, some are orgasmic some aren't, ..

I've never met one who wasn't. You must be doing something wrong.

ampersand said...

So. You can't have your sex and eat your cake too lest you get fat.

bpm4532 said...

the folks doing the study were amazed that some people took as long as 6 minutes...

Dante said...

A cosmo post tells me the gism alone has 25 calories. This is clearly wrong.

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Marshal said...

"The big issues in weight loss are how you change the food environment in order for people to make healthy choices," such as limits on soda sizes and marketing junk food to children, she said.

This seems an admission these "scientists" are nannies in lab coats frantically grasping for something to justify their salaries. Naturally our government picks up the tab.

Tom from Virginia said...
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Tom from Virginia said...

If I've learned anything from Gary Taubes, it's this: calories-in-calories-out is a false methodology for understanding wieght loss.

Robert Cook said...

"...calories-in-calories-out is a false methodology for understanding wieght loss."

How so?

Whenever I have successfully lost weight in my life--more than once--it has always been by counting calories. (Exercise has often, but not always, been a component of this, in order to burn more calories to increase the calorie deficit relative to my normal daily requirements, thus promoting weight loss.)

Surfed said...

Absolutely no comment. Ever.

Tom from Virginia said...

Robert - I figured everyone who reads this blog also reads Instapundit. But apparently not. So I recommend you go through Ann's Amazon portal and order Taubes' Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It. (The answer to weight loss is not exercise either.)

sojerofgod said...

If you ask a man whether he would rather burn calories by having sex or running on a treadmill, he would say, "I'd rather have sex long enough to have burnt as many calories as running on a treadmill"
The woman would say, "Whats the difference?"

Robert Cook said...

Tom from Virginia: I do not read Instapundit, no.

AJ Lynch said...

Sojerofgod:

Your woman says "what's the difference?"

Are you trying to tell us you are screwing Hillary?

Scott M said...

You mean to tell me the little Olympian minx in that James Bond movie was wrong?

Tank said...

Hey, that's six minutes you're not jamming a bunch of Krispy Kremes down your piehole.

dbp said...

Well, it takes many thousands of calories to get yourself in a position to burn those 21.

Lonetown said...

semen accounts for 5 of those calories or is that on top of the 21.

I'm upping my sildenafil order and I want to make sure I get enough.

Lonetown said...

semen accounts for 5 of those calories or is that on top of the 21.

I'm upping my sildenafil order and I want to make sure I get enough.

Scott M said...

Regardless of how many calories it burns, it will never be as many as you consume in bananas to make your seed taste palatable.

Stilton Cheeseright said...

Well hell. Now I'm just going to have sex five to fifteen times instead of once. Thanks a lot.

Lucien said...

You're missing the point!

If you do it as interval training you get much bigger gains. The trick is in reducing those damned refractory periods -- then you can do fartlek sex.

(The East Germans tried this in the '80s with some of their female athletes, but it failed, for what were referred to as "Aesthetic reasons".)

Larry J said...

Sorun said...
The calorie burn is for the men. I don't know how they measure it, but women weren't studied.


Which reminds me of an old joke.

A Frenchman is arrested and charged with necrophilia which is having sex with a corpse. He's found guilty and before sentencing, the judge asks, "You disgusting pervert! Do you have anything to say in your defense?"

"Oui, your honor. How was I to know she was dead? I just thought she was British!"

(Feel free to substitute "from Nebraska" for British or whatever your own personal experience may indicate).

Strelnikov said...

Six minutes? Speaking for those of us lowering the curve, you're welcome.

sonicfrog said...

Dang... Where is Titus when you need him???

AllenS said...

268 callories burned walking 2 miles on my treadmill @ 3 mph for 40 minutes.

deborah said...

"Tell that to Brangelina."

Ugh.

Levi Starks said...

Yes, but what is the frequency?

bagoh20 said...

I burn more than that just from the trembling fear I experience in contemplating the possibility of sex. I usually cower in the corner until she leaves. It's quite satisfying, and very slimming.

kentuckyliz said...

I get my exercise running away from commitment.

Wisco Gal said...

Eat less...that's it guys. Pretty simple. Get up and move a bit. You don't have to exercise like crazy. Walk for thirty minutes a day and do some Calisthenics. As for the sex, if you are doing it to burn calories...you are doing it wrong. That should be the last thing on your mind. I don't know any women friends of mine that have ever mentioned calories while sharing details of a pleasurable experience. True story.

EnigmatiCore said...

"Yes, but what is the frequency?"

Ask Kenneth.