Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Next time you decide to go to the movies you might want to consider some horror flick.
Need help with your weight-loss resolutions? Is there something you haven't tried? Are you afraid to sit in the dark?
A recent study by the University of Westminster in London found that watching a horror show can help you burn calories - wow! You can sit there and burn as many calories as a 30 minute walk (sign me up for that one - I'll take about 90 minutes worth).
The scarier the movie the more calories you burn. The "fight or flight" hormones kick in big time. But remember that the scariest part is not in the darkened theater hyperventilating but out front with all the bright lights and happy music. You know what the real monster is....
It turns out that fear is known to lower appetite. It's hard to eat when you are running from that saber tooth cat that our ancestors avoided. At that point your metabolic rate is increasing because you are still running from that cat and need all the energy you can find.
The upside of this is the burning of more and more calories. Your muscles are crying out for glycogen, its favorite source of nourishment. And just where does glycogen come from? OK, class you know the answer to this one. It's sugar from carbohydrates. So we do need carbohydrates in moderation to provide fuel for quick responses. Just not this kind.
So after I put this blog together, I read it over to my cat, who is a font of knowledge. The idea of seeing a horror movie is written all over her face.
So run to the movies and see whatever show is chopping up zombies or biting people on the neck or running around with chainsaws.
I prefer chick-flix.