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Having Too Much Sex - Can It Make You Gain Or Lose Weight?

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Dr. Shyam Mithiya 92% (722 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, Diploma in Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Sexologist, Mumbai  •  12 years experience
Having Too Much Sex - Can It Make You Gain Or Lose Weight?

Can sex really lead to weight gain or loss? Well, there are a lot of differences of opinion about the impact of sex on a body. However, there are many researches that suggest that having too much sex leads to weight gain among women. On the other hand, there are also views, which say that sex helps to burn calories. So let us discuss the two aspects separately.

Sex and Weight Gain
There are reports where women say they gain weight on their hips and breasts after making love. The reason behind this weight gain can be the hormone “prolactin”. It stimulates fatherly love and milk production. The level of hormone in the blood levels increases especially when orgasm is reached after sex.

However, it is a common belief that people after marriage often tend to gain weight. Not only women, but men also gain a lot of weight after their marriage. But scientists believe it has nothing to do with sex as there are no physiological reasons to establish that.

After marriage, people get a sense of security and they start living happily with their life partners. This reason is considered to be more predominant behind weight gain in people.

Researches show that when compared to people in relationships, single people eat less. After getting married, couples have meals together and calorie intake goes high naturally. Researchers also say that a happy and secure relationship can actually increase the appetite. Nonetheless, men and women may not be aware that they are eating more than usual because of their happy relationship.


Hence, to make sure you are not putting on excess weight after marriage, keep your diet in check. A healthy diet and a little bit of regular exercise go a long way in helping you remain in good shape.

Sex and Weight Loss
The fact is you actually burn some calories after you exhaust yourself in bed. Figures suggest that on an average, 100 calories get burned in 30 minutes of passionate sex. So the more active you are in bed, the more you lose weight.

According to another study, the amount of stress on the heart of young married men during sex is tantamount to walking up to two flights of stairs. During sex, the heart rate goes as high as 130, which is considered similar to moderate physical activity.

Sex also does curb your fat and carbohydrate cravings because of cortisol, the high-anxiety hormone that can be kept in check by having regular sex.

So for that slimmer midsection, stay active in bed. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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