Just when you thought you’ve heard and seen it all, a headline pops up that really grabs your attention. That is the case with this recent one I stumbled on during my daily web browsing. If you’re a movie buff, it’s time to rejoice because I have some exciting facts for you. Here’s the scoop…
Apparently, watching horror films burns just as much fat as a 30-minute walk. Too good to be true? That’s what I thought initially. But it seems this claim is backed by an actual study.
Specifically, scientists from the University of Westminster monitored the heart rate, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide output of ten subjects during a movie screening, and found them to increase by an average of one third. These are all markers of energy expenditure and explain the resultant weight loss.
Dr. Richard Mackenzie, senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, further explained:
“Each of the ten films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies. As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline. It is this release of fast acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.”
But here’s the thing: not all films are created equal when it comes to trimming your waistline. In fact, You’ll enjoy the greatest calorie burn from those that cause you to “jump in your seat”. For example, here are the various expenditures associated with each of the films tested:
1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories
Now, just like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, some of those match (or even exceed) the calorie burn you’d get from a light minute walk. Of course, this fat burning effect goes out the window if you watch your film while eating a bucket of popcorn and downing can of soda. So perhaps you should abstain from the typical concessions that go hand in hand with this favorite pastime.
On the other hand, who really wants to do THAT? Maybe you should stick to a clean diet and a sensible exercise plan. And when it comes time to watch a film, thoroughly enjoy it – with popcorn, soda, and all. But that’s my opinion, just saying.