Does masturbation cause weight loss?
Masturbation is a healthy and safe sexual activity, still, there are some myths associated with it. One of them being masturbation makes you weak or causes weight loss.
It is not wrong to say that people are ashamed of talking about masturbation. But it is good that the number is decreasing as people are understanding that masturbation is a physical human need.
Changes in the body during masturbation
During masturbation, the release of hormones increases heart rate and blood pressure. The blood vessels dilate and there is extra blood flow in the genital nerves and tissues. It makes you feel good and gives a feeling of fulfillment.
Effect of masturbation on weight loss
Our body burns some amounts of calories with every movement even while asleep. So, masturbation also burns some amounts of calories but not enough to lose weight. Hence masturbation does not affect weight loss.
- Masturbation can give you a feel of a workout but this does not allow you to expect the same results. Masturbation in no way contributes to weight loss. For weight loss, one needs to focus on the diet plan and physical activity.
- Masturbation secretes a love hormone called oxytocin. When oxytocin level is high it affects your diet. It may decrease your craving for junk foods or suppress hunger pangs. This causes less calorie intake and helps in weight loss.
Some benefits of masturbation
Masturbation can have a positive effect on both mental and physical health. Some of the ways masturbation affects overall health include –
- Increase in energy level
- Reduce the risk of prostate cancer
- Relieve sexual tension
- Relieve stress
- Can suppress pain
- Improve sleep
- Improve sexual desire
- Relieved period cramps
- Helps with ejaculation problem
Masturbation is good for your health. It can relieve stress and sexual tension but it cannot remove the accumulated fats. Masturbating releases the hormone endorphins (one of the happy hormones) and this improves mental health and gives physical satisfaction. Masturbation is a natural and safe sexual activity that can be done without any guilt. It gives you joy and pleasure and you may also lose a few calories but will not affect the weighing scale.