Scientists at University of Westminster suggest that horror movies may help burn calories!According to The Guardian (via Daily Mail), “those who watched a 90-minute horror film were likely to burn up to 113 calories — the same sort of figure as a half-hour walk.” The top calorie-burner was The Shining, which will rid you of 184 calories.
Dr. Richard Mackenzie is a specialist in cell metabolism and physiology. He explains: “As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenalin. It is this release of fast-acting adrenalin, 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 study showed that calorie burning increased by a third when the movie watcher was horrified.
These are, scientifically, your best bets for getting rid of scary fat:
1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories
The study was commissioned by a video rental company called Lovefilm.
Do you like scary movies? What’s the scariest one for you?