Sexual arousal and play will get the heart beating and the metabolism burning up calories but that’s not where the hidden advantage of orgasm in a weight loss program lays. The real power is to be found in the hormonal cocktail produced by our brain and body’s own internal perfect pharmacy.
Average energy expenditure during moderate-intensity sex was found to be around 4kCal/min by a study from the University of Quebec (Frappier et al, 2013) concluding that “sexual activity may potentially be considered, at times, as a significant exercise” providing a bit of a workout to support slimming.
The true advantage however is in the release of the wonder love hormone oxytocin. Studies have shown oxytocin in a “group of men and women with overweight or obesity led to substantial weight loss” (Lawson 2017). By acting as a natural appetite suppressant the oxytocin reduces the amount of food consumed significantly and the American Diabetes Society study showed it also assists in regulating blood glucose (Ott et al, 2013).
If nighttime eating after dinner is undermining progress in the weight loss journey then take a left turn on the way to the refrigerator, head over to the bedroom or bathtub with a Yadala orgasm-inducing device in hand and spend some quality time working off a few calories, decreasing the desire to snack and spending the time away from the pantry door. The exciting added bonus is that the more weight there is to lose the greater oxytocin’s inhibitory effect of food intake is (Thienel et al, 2016).
Frappier J, Toupin I, Levy JJ, Aubertin-Leheudre M, Karelis AD. Energy expenditure during sexual activity in young healthy couples. PLoS One. 2013;8(10):e79342. Published 2013 Oct 24. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079342
Lawson, E. The effects of oxytocin on eating behaviour and metabolism in humans. Nat Rev Endocrinol 13, 700–709 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrendo.2017.115
Ott V, Finlayson G, Lehnert H, Heitmann B, Heinrichs M, Born J, Hallschmid M. Oxytocin reduces reward-driven food intake in humans. Diabetes. 2013 Oct;62(10):3418-25. doi: 10.2337/db13-0663. Epub 2013 Jul 8. PMID: 23835346; PMCID: PMC3781467.
Thienel, M., Fritsche, A., Heinrichs, M. et al. Oxytocin’s inhibitory effect on food intake is stronger in obese than normal-weight men. Int J Obes 40, 1707–1714 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2016.149
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