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horror-movie-weight-lossIt’s late at night, you may or may not be home alone. Covers pulled up to the chin, you don’t know if the chills are because of the air-conditioner or the film that’s playing out in front of you.

Suddenly, there’s a shriek. But you scream louder. Hands shaking, you reach for the remote and turn the television off. Then sit in silence, listening to the irregular beating of your heart that blasts through your ears.

That’s it. You decide it was a terrible idea and that it’s not happening again. But wait, think about it first. Is it really, though a bad idea? Not if you are trying to lose weight. Hear us out.

According to a study conducted by the University of Westminster, watching a horror film can burn calories and subsequently help in weight loss. A purely horrific film, running 90 minutes or so, could burn an average of 113 calories something that you could otherwise achieve after a 30-minute walking session.

In fact, the scarier and more adrenaline-inducing the film, the more calories it will help you burn.

How exactly does it work?

When the study was conducted on 10 people, researchers found an increase in their heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output.

As a genre, horror induces stress with all the screaming and jump scares. It’s this stress, brought about by intense fear and anxiety that suppresses hunger and increases the metabolic rate.

Scientists recorded their heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output – and discovered the number of calories used increased by on average a third during the films.

The research also revealed films featuring moments designed to make viewers jump in terror are the best calorie-burners, as they cause heart rates to soar.

Dr Richard Mackenzie, senior lecturer and specialist in cell metabolism and physiology at the University of Westminster, said: “Each of the ten films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies.”

He added, “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,” said Dr Mackenzie.

Helen Cowley, editor of the movie rental company LOVEFiLM – which commissioned the University of Westminster study – said, “We all know the feeling of wanting to hide behind the sofa or grab a pillow when watching scary or hair raising scenes, but this research suggests that maybe those seeking to burn some calories should keep their eyes on the screen.”

What to watch

If you are someone who is looking to lose quick weight, then here are some films that you can watch. Being a horror buff will just be an icing on the cake.

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is likely to make you lose 184 calories, followed by Jaws with 161 calories. While The Exorcist will make you lose 158 calories, A Nightmare on Elm Street will burn away 118 calories.

Source: The Guardian

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