A few months ago, Gena reported that a six-minute sex session burns about 21 calories...obviously not quite on par with spinning class, but hey. Sometimes it lasts longer, sometimes it's a bit—you know—more acrobatic, and let's not forget some of the other benefits: boosting of the immune system (people who have sex have bodies that are better able to defend against germs and viruses, according to research); it may help lower blood pressure; and it can even act as a pain reliever.
Plus: a new study has found that an hour of lovemaking can burn about the same amount of calories as running for 30 minutes, which means it can absolutely count as a workout.
No matter what happens during your sexy session, you might start feeling a little nom-my afterward. And instead of reaching for that pint of ice cream, consider these healthier alternatives first!
Hummus on whole-grain pitas
Hummus is filled with protein and carbs; add whole-grain pitas for even more nutritional punch. Slight downside: garlic breath for the (possible) second go-round.
Yogurt with berries
Yogurt (especially low-sugar varieties, such as Greek yogurt) offers good-for-you protein, while the berries provide some vitamins, carbs, and fiber.
According to research, low-fat chocolate milk may have the perfect ratio of carbs and fat to replenish your body—and possibly even build muscle and reduce fat. Plus: tasty!
Eggs are filled with filling protein, which can give your muscle tissue a boost. Throw in tons of veggies for fiber and vitamins.
Skip the ice cream and use kefir instead! Blend it with strawberries and a dollop of honey for something sweet that will stop cravings, be gentle on your tummy, and maybe even help you sleep.
So! Do you have any favorite post-sex snacks?