Scared Weightless

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.
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    OMG, I laughed so hard I cried! I'll stick with the 90 minute work outs, but thanks for the tidbit, any who! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1848 days ago
    I love horror movies I should be ral thin by now LOL
    1857 days ago
    fascinating- thanks for posting.
    1858 days ago
    well thank you and great info now i know why I always feel tried about a good horror flick I'll have to write Steven King and Dean Knooz thank you note for helping me stay slim LOL
    1858 days ago
    1858 days ago
    That is why I don't like scary movies they are like a work out. LOL. emoticon
    1858 days ago
    Funny...I can't watch horror movies either! Great blog nevertheless!

    1858 days ago
    Such a great find!!
    1858 days ago
    Sorry!! I don't do horror movies!!
    1858 days ago
    LOL!! Love it!! emoticon
    1858 days ago
    Ok, going to have a "horror-film-a-thon"! LOL What the heck, if it burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk! I'm there! I am a self-confessed chick flick lover as well (Just watched "Sleepless in Seattle", "You've Got Mail" and "27 Dresses". Hmmmm...guess I should have watched a horror flick!) On the upside, I did running in place as I watched the novies!

    HUGs and thanks for sharing this fun information.
    1859 days ago
    And here I thought this was going to be about how the people doing the running away in those scary movies always get away a little faster than the bigger people... great blog!

    I like the older scary movies better, too--I think I've seen enough blood and gore without being blasted by it on the big I've worked in several movie theaters, and it's lost its appeal for me--still love that popcorn, though!
    1859 days ago
  • TISTEN23
    Dang....Not into me nightmares!!! LOL What about comedies? All that laughing has to burn a good amount, right?!?!?!!?
    1859 days ago
  • SAMI199
    I love horror movies-the old classics-Bela Lugosi-Boris Karloff....I'm not able to watch the slasher type that they make today-YUCK! No wonder they make someone skinnier....I might have to give them a try-lol.

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    1859 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2013 4:27:28 PM
    Great info, but I will have to find another way to burn the calories, I can't watch horror movies, I'm a big sissy. I do like emoticon , but only the ones that sparkle in the sunlight.
    1859 days ago
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