Watching scary movies can help with losing weight

omg 17/11/2017

Not everyone loves the fear and thrill of a scary movie. But the more fearful you are of those frightening moments, the more weight you could be losing!

Researchers from the University of Westminster have found that a 90-minute horror film can burn as much as 113 calories. That's equal to doing a 30-minute walk.

Of course, if a movie makes your heart race more, the more calories you burned. The researchers tested ten different films, and found that when your pulse quickens and pumps your blood around your body faster, your adrenaline kicks in.

"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," says researcher Dr Richard Mackenzie.

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.