New research shows sex isn't a gym alternative
Sexercise. Or not. New research has found that, despite the myths, sex does not make up for a missed gym session.
The average six minute session equates to a 21 calorie workout, or in chocolate terms, less than two Maltesers.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine by David Allison, a biostatistician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was aimed at debunking a series of weight loss myths, including whether snacking or skipping breakfast is bad, or whether physical education classes make a big difference to children's weight.
Dr Allison found that PE isn’t intense enough to make a difference and skipping breakfast depends on what the body is accustomed to.
He also concluded that no study proved that snacking is detrimental, nor that people who lost weight slowly were more likely to keep it off than those who lost it quickly, in fact he found the reverse is true.
Similarly he found that setting overambitious weight loss goals was more effective for some people in motivating them to succeed.
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
The leading destination for fashion, beauty, shopping and finger-on-the-pulse views on the latest issues. Marie Claire's travel content helps you delight in discovering new destinations around the globe, offering a unique – and sometimes unchartered – travel experience. From new hotel openings to the destinations tipped to take over our travel calendars, this iconic name has it covered.
Paris Hilton addresses 'vicious' comments about her son's head in a new interview
"I couldn't believe that they could be mean... about a little innocent baby."
By Jadie Troy-Pryde
Royal biography Endgame pulled after Dutch translation 'names' royal who 'questioned' Archie's skin colour
Omid Scobie's latest royal book is already proving controversial just a day after its release
By Jadie Troy-Pryde
Harry Styles and Taylor Russell are 'living together' and secretly enjoying cute London dates
These two are getting serious
By Lauren Hughes