Watching Scary Movies Could Help You LOSE Weight

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There are two kinds of people:

  1. Those who love a good horror movie
  2. And those who will run screaming away from them

Well, it turns out that if you’re in the second lot of people, but are looking to lose weight, that it might be better for you to step out of your comfort zone, because a new study has found that watching horror films could help you lose weight… 


Researchers from the University of Westminster found that a 90-minute horror film can burn up to 113 calories - which is equal to a 30-minute walk!

Dr Richard Mackenzie from the university said that, "Each of the 10 films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies.

"As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline.

"It is this release of fast-acting adrenaline, 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 Shining came in at number one in terms of the best for burning off calories, with 184!

Here’s the top ten list:

  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 - 107 calories.
  9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 105 calories. 
  10. [Rec] - 101 calories. 

However, if you’re going to sit and watch scary movies all day and eat a bunch of junk - you’re not going to lose weight. 

Keep that in mind.