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Can Masturbation Help You Lose Weight?

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Nov 1, 2022

There are many ways to lose weight. Diet. Exercise. Sex. Fasting. In addition to these ways, we look at whether masturbation can help you achieve a healthy weight. 

Here’s what you need to know about how masturbation may help with weight loss.

1. Masturbation Can Burn Calories

It is true. Masturbation can help burn calories. It is both a physical and mental activity and can be helpful with shedding excess calories. 

Typically, everything we do makes use of calories—even breathing—even masturbation. Reports suggest that we burn around 5 to 6 calories each time we masturbate. 

This depends on a number of factors, such as the vigorous of the session, the length, and how many orgasms you get. 

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2. Masturbation vs. Sex

Comparatively, sex burns more calories than masturbation. It really is no wonder why. For a start, sex may last longer than masturbation for most people. Also, sex puts more demand on us. 

It can even increase our heart rate like regular cardio, and since it makes use of many muscle groups, more energy will be used up by our muscular system. 

A study carried out by the University of Quebec, Montreal, found that men may burn an average of 4.2 calories every minute they have sex. Whilst women may burn up to 3.1 calories on average every minute. 

Some other study from the New England Journal of Medicine has seen that a 154-pound man might burn up to 210 calories in one hour.

3. You Still Need to Exercise

Considering how little the number of calories expended during masturbation is, there is usually a need to work out still if you are trying to lose weight—especially if you are looking to lose a lot of weight. 

Exercise burns an outstanding number of calories, depending on duration, vigor, and consistency. 

A lack of consistency is one of the many pitfalls of people trying to lose weight fast. But the truth remains that a consistent approach to weight loss is what works.

You don’t need to do all the exercise in the world in one day. You just have to consistently work out and shed any weight you want gone. 

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4. You Still Have to Add Dieting

Even while masturbating, you have to follow up on exercise with diet. The purpose of exercising is to burn calories. Of what use is it, then, to replace all the calories burnt by eating too much or too starchy and high-calorie foods? 

You have to make sure the burned calories are not replaced if weight loss is to happen. 

5. Masturbation Isn’t Harmful

There is a misconception that masturbation is completely harmful and unhealthy. This is not true, as masturbation can provide the following benefits: 


– It can help reduce stress 

– Help improve sleep 

– Help with self-esteem 

– Strengthen the pelvis. 

So, in addition to shredding calories, even though little, masturbation can also help you in other areas. 


Masturbation, like most activities, can burn calories and can also improve other areas of our health. But for optimal weight loss, you still have to work out and diet. 

By Sara Leandro

Sara Leandro is a certified health coach who helps others feel their best through individualized lifestyle changes that meet their unique needs and health goals.


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