Watching Horror Films Can Help You Lose Weight, According To Study

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According to a survey conducted by some researchers at the University of Westminster, watching horror movies has some advantageous effects, such as burning calories and boosting people’s moods.

Watching Horror Films Can Help You Lose Weight, According To Study

According to a survey conducted by some researchers at the University of Westminster, watching horror movies has some advantageous effects, such as burning calories and boosting people’s moods.


Researchers got ten people to watch ten different scary films and monitored their heart rate, as well as oxygen intake and output of carbon dioxide. They found that exposing the test subjects to scary stimuli caused them to release adrenaline.


As Dr. Richard Mackenzie, the author of the study, says:


"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."

The average calorie loss was 113. However, that means there are some films which burn much more. Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Stephen King's book The Shining comes in at number one regarding the best for burning off calories, with 184.


Watching Horror Films Can Help You Lose Weight, According To Study

The film that made everybody get out of the water, Jaws, is second on the list with 161 calories lost, followed by The Exorcist, with 158. The rest of the list is also no surprise as they are all considered terrifying: Alien, Saw, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and [Rec].


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So if you are worried about your weight, especially as winter approaches and comfort food kicks in, perhaps a horror movie marathon could give you that added boost.

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