If you have already fell off the diet wagon, do not worry! All you have to do it turn on the TV! University of Westminster researchers have found a link between spikes in a person’s heart rate while watching a horror film and calorie loss. Interesting right?
A very interesting study carried out at the University of Westminster guided by Dr. Richard MacKenzie has declared that a 90-minute horror film can help you burn up to 113 calories. This is the same amount of calories you would burn if you went for a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute run!
How did they come to this conclusion? Well, they measured heart rate levels, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide exhaling. They found that scary films triggered a boost in the heart rate. “As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline,” explained MacKenzie.
This adrenaline rush discharged at brief moments of high stress (or in this particular case, fear) minimises appetite and elevates basal metabolic rate resulting in a higher loss of calories.
The average loss per movie was 113 calories. However one must keep in mind that there are some movies that help burn even more calories! It all depends on the number of “jump-scare” scenes which produce an increase in your heart rate and give you a fast-adrenaline boost that burns calories.
Now, let’s be straight… You can’t expect this to work out for you if you indulge yourself in high calorie snacks whilst watching the movies!!!! Try to keep your snacks light and avoid pairing the movie with lots of chocolate, too much popcorn, and soft drinks. And one last trick – DO NOT close your eyes when something scary comes on! Remember: the more “jump-scare” moments, the better. So what movie will you be watching tonight?