Sex Question Friday: How Many Calories Do You Burn During Sex?

Sex Question Friday: How Many Calories Do You Burn During Sex?

A reader submitted the following question:

"Everyone says sex is a great form of exercise. But, realistically, how many calories can you actually expect to burn when you have sex?"

Great question! I, too, have often heard the claim that sex is one of the best forms of exercise that you can get; however, it doesn't seem to be as much of a calorie-burner as it's made out to be. Just how many calories are you likely to burn during an average sexual encounter?

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How Many Calories Does Sex Burn? On Average, 101 For Men And 69 For Women

How Many Calories Does Sex Burn? On Average, 101 For Men And 69 For Women

Much has been said and written about how many calories human beings burn during sexual activity. Physicians estimate that the average caloric expenditure during sex is probably a lot lower than most of the claims that have been tossed around in the popular media. However, no one has actually scientifically studied exactly how many calories we burn when we have sex…until now. A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE finally gives us some hard numbers to consider and directly compares sex to another type of exercise.

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Sex Question Friday: How Many Calories Do You Burn Having Sex?

Sex Question Friday: How Many Calories Do You Burn Having Sex?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know whether sex truly is one of the best forms of exercise you can get.

I’ve heard that you can burn a ton of calories having sex, but how much can I realistically expect to burn?

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