Can Masturbation Help You Lose Weight?

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You're hot, you're sweaty, muscles all tensed. You've worked up to a climax and... BOOM! Congratulations! All that pent up energy has been released from a wank and you're now feeling really good! You're all spent and feel very satisfied. You might even be a little sleepy and are ready for a nice nap. But how much energy did you really spend while masturbating? Was it like the workout at the gym? Did it feel like you ran a marathon? Was it even close to burning that many calories?

If it hasn't been on your mind, maybe it is now that we've mentioned it. How much energy did you actually burn while masturbating? And, for that matter, can masturbation help you lose weight? Can releasing sperm be a legitimate way to both lose weight and feel really good? In this article, we take a brief look at masturbation and whether it can be incorporated into a healthy weight loss routine. So, keep reading and find out if masturbation can cause weight loss.


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The Potential Benefits Of Masturbation

You may be saying to yourself, "But wait, I always feel exhausted after I ejaculate. Surely, I must have burned a few calories."

You might be asking yourself if you should continue to masturbate for weight loss. And the answer is no, not for weight loss alone. However, masturbating does have its benefits and is a definite plus to any healthy routine. It may even help with controlling your weight indirectly. Yes, even though we just said that it does not cause weight loss, it may be able to help you suppress urges to stress eat. And over the years, this could indirectly help with weight control and even prevent Type 2 diabetes. So while there may be no direct benefits to weight loss through masturbation, the indirect benefits are certainly worth looking into.

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Psychological Effects On Weight Loss

To feel relaxed and open to sleep after ejaculating is a natural response and probably not a result of overexerting yourself. After an orgasm, the body releases a cocktail of relaxation hormones, such as norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin. The body also begins releasing melatonin and prolactin. Prolactin levels are high during sleep. Oxytocin and vasopressin, also released during orgasm, are associated with sleep as well. It's this sum total effect of the chemicals swimming around in your body. So if you want to get a better night’s rest, don’t reach for the sleeping pills, you already have a fully stocked pharmacy inside your body.

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Increased Calorie Burn

Most studies that have been performed on the number of calories burned during sexual intercourse (not much research on masturbation) between partners do not show impressive numbers. No doubt traditional forms of exercise, like running on the treadmill, burn more calories during the same amount of time (on average, about 4.2 kcal/min burned by men during sexual intercourse as opposed to 9.2 kcal/min burned during exercising on a treadmill).

If we assumed that you worked out at the gym for about 30 minutes on a treadmill, that would mean approximately 276 calories burned. For the same amount of time having sexual intercourse with a partner, that would be approximately 126 calories burned. However, that assumes you actually took 30 minutes to ejaculate. If you actually took less time, say 10 minutes, you would have only burned 42 calories. Masturbation, as it may require fewer body parts in motion, may actually burn less. Based on these assumptions, masturbation probably burns fewer calories than partnered sex and much less than exercise, especially if only the hand is used. Sorry to break the bad news.

However, if you are thinking of using masturbation as your new method of weight loss, there are ways to make your masturbation burn a few more calories if you want.

1. Stay active! Try to keep your heart rate up during masturbation! For example, switching to your non-dominant hand to spice it up and work the muscles on your other hand, or try some thrusting motions to get more of your body moving.

2. Lengthening the session can also help burn more calories, but it really depends on how energetic you are. If you lengthen your highly active masturbation with your heart pounding then yes, you are burning significantly more calories than a nice and slow masturbation session.

3. Trying different positions and increasing movements are also a great way to burn a few extra calories, especially if you find those positions where body-thrusting comes into play.

4. Using a toy to help your heart beat faster can also work! There are a number of masturbators to choose from on the TENGA Store Europe.

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Conclusion: The Role Of Masturbation In Weight Loss Should Not Be Relied Upon Alone

Sure, you could expend a few more calories depending on how vigorous a session you have, but the fact of the matter is that masturbation does not cause significant weight loss. If you are thinking about using masturbation as a way to shed those unwanted pounds, you might be better off finding alternative, though less fun, ways.

If you’ve heard myths of wanking leading to weight loss, know that they’re just myths and understand that there’s more to weight loss than just releasing sperm! A healthy diet and exercise are more likely to help you along your weight loss journey, however we still suggest adding masturbation to your routine thanks to the psychological and physical improvements it can have on your health. And if you’re interested in adding toys to your masturbation routine, be sure to check the TENGA Store Europe for a wide variety of heart-pumping masturbators.