Can Sex Help You Lose Weight?

happy young couple in bed

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of spending 30 minutes on the treadmill or in the swimming pool, you could simply copulate with your partner and shed pounds?

That’s a premise that researchers at the University of Quebec in Montreal decided to check. They gathered 21 couples to volunteer for a month of testing running and sex. The volunteers were hooked to activity monitors as they engaged in their activities.

Alas, sex did not produce the same amount of calorie burn. Men burned 9 calories per minute of running, but only 4 calories per minute of sex. Women burn 7 calories running, and only 3 calories during sex.

Of course some calorie burn is better than none…


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  • mj

    Best natural fat burner.

  • rkaplan4

    But sex is so enjoyable and can be done anywhere!!!!

  • Mitch Harden

    I’ll just spend twice as long having sex than I would’ve spent on the treadmill.

    • coodjuguess

      I agree

  • I love sex and exercise
    Burn calories, burn ! x)

  • Bibi Shaman

    I’ve been overweight for 10 years and tried so many things. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 25 pounds in one month without much exercise and it has been a life changer. I’m a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I’ve been doing then I’d be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at and I’ll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I’ve tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day