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Want To Lose Weight? Playing Games Burns More Calories Than Sex

Let's say you're one of those men who believe they don't get enough of it (that's like, all of us, in reality), or you're on the young side and you've never had it. Well, don't despair; it sure as hell won't make you lose weight. You'd be better off playing your video games, anyway!

This absolutely must fall under our ever-growing category of "WTF stories." Ripten stumbled across something hilarious in the September issue of Oxygen, a women's fitness magazine: it says that "playing videogames burns 50% more calories in a hour than 'athletic' sex." And no, they're not talking about Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit; no, they're talking about regular ol', sit there and push the buttons with your fingers games. The feature is, "100 Ways to Burn 100 Calories" and it's right there at #71- "play some vids." They even add in a lovely little stereotypical jab by telling the girls to "go to their boyfriend's" to play their PS3 because, of course, no girl would ever own such a piece of equipment. But getting back to the point, the article claims the British Medical Journal says 40 minutes of game time will drain 100 calories, and Wii gamers - due to the motion sensing remote - use up 40% more calories than that. Do the math, and that comes out to around 200 calories per hour...and "get your freak on" (yeah, that'd be sex) comes in at #81 at 100 calories/hour.

Other 100-calorie-burning activities apparently include laughing like a lunatic for 20-30 minutes straight, drinking a gallon of water (we're assuming that's not in one sitting), playing frisbee for 30 minutes (actually logical), gardening for 15 minutes (yeah, we can see that), and our personal favorite, driving for 45 minutes. Oh yes, truck drivers are in phenomenal shape. But seriously...gaming burning more calories than "athletic" sex? Look, we're not going to say we're the authority on this subject, but all we gots to say is this: if that's the case, you're doing it wrong.

7/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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Deleted User []
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:45:06 AM
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Bogus. During intercourse you're sweating and working hard but with video games all you do is move your fingers.

Bullcrap if you ask me.

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Deleted User []
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:18:56 PM

how would u know? hahahaha

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danr
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 1:05:36 PM

Only if you're a fat bastard. If you are healthy, you don't sweat so much. And yes, I doubt you would know much of the subject.

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Zapix
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:00:27 AM
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LMAO, that's funny... I mean if they're talking about the studies that go and say something like 3 to 5 minutes is the average time in the bedroom, MAYBE... and 100 calories per hour? LMAO, then how come every other study I've ever heard of says sex is perhaps one of the best calorie burning work outs a person can do? Not to mention studies show it helps with stress, the immune system, higher overall health, oh and ladies... THEY CURE HEADACHES, SO STOP WITH 'THAT' EXCUSE!

On that note... Sure it wasn't a typo saying you gain 100 calories per hour sitting on your a** playing finger hockey with the controller? According to the scale, I'm gaining weight playing games, not losing it. Maybe I'm doing it wrong... LOL

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:04:56 AM

Heh...sorry man, I have to tell you...sex doesn't cure headaches; it really makes them worse. At least, in my experience. ;)

And I almost have to believe it IS a massive typo, but it's in the feature, on the list. Just plain weird.

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Tatsujin
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 6:25:18 PM

Lol, Never had it and probably won't untill I am 27... Im not taking the LEAST bit of chance to get a baby at a young age.. I'm going to college, im going to a university, and im going to be the best game producer on earth... Then Ben, you and Arnold can write all sorts of goodie stories about me and see me at E3 every year, for PS that is :D

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danr
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 1:07:50 PM

3 to 5 minutes? Man, thats shite. Practise more. If possible.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:08:58 AM
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There's studies that prove that putting your hand in a fire won't burn your hand. Just because someone did a study doesn't mean it's valid in anyway. Unless i read this in a respected, peer-reviewed journal, i wont believe it.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:53:29 AM
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That is why this article is under the WTF? list. Also i am going to try laughing like a lunatic for 30 minutes, lol

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Minishmaru
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 11:56:24 AM
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lmao...good read for a laugh. i am just wonderin tho, what is 'athletic' sex? there is only sex n differen variations that i am aware of. maybe there is a league out there that i might wish i was in?

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Aftab
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 12:50:53 PM
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It really is less about sweat, and actual physical work, than it is about the heart-rate...so that differs from game to game, and person to person. I always liked wipeout series, because like redbull, it gave me wings. But really, still it is kinda hard to believe: Like let's say we're comparing gaming to "superstar sex", "machine gun sex", or maybe even "ninja sex" (not to be confused with having sex with a ninja, unless she's from nightshade....or, erm, DOA)....

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Aftab
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 12:59:34 PM
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Or how about playing games while having sex? Wii Sex.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 3:51:23 PM

lol

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Troy Powers
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 1:39:42 PM
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I'm with you, Ben. If you're burning more calories in an hour by playing video games than you would having sex, either you've having sex WAY wrong...or I need to get some of the video games that YOU'RE playing!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 1:46:01 PM
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Aftab: Wii Sex...I just saw the poster for it. LOL

Troy: ...relatively certain I've never been "into" a game enough to burn as many calories in an hour as having sex. If those games exist, though, yeah, sign me up! :)

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Odd Child
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 2:07:10 PM
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I'll stick to doing both :-p, ROFL Wii sex

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Daedusian
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 6:58:41 PM
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LMAO! Great post.

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skoda
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 7:02:29 PM
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HAHA i love how people automatically go thats WRONG! ... look at the logic how many hours do you play video games NOW take into account how often you have sex for one and then how long you do it I know for a fact there isnt anybody counting hours here lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 7:04:04 PM

I'm relatively certain they're talking about one hour of sex, not three minutes. Look at the title.

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Deleted User [Administrator]
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 10:21:38 PM

skoda: just because u might not last very long speak for yourself! hahaha

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jvkv77
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 7:22:51 PM
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I burned 100 calories laughing at this.

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Loogs
Monday, July 14, 2008 @ 7:46:32 PM
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Hmm, working at a video game store, I notice the people who have no other life other than playing excessive video games (much more than most of us, and usually RPGs) to compliment their introverted life are generally fat or extremely pale/thin, have bad skin complexion, possess the worst social skills, and definitely do not experience health benefits by burning calories from playing video games.

This is a completely bogus "study" because every single person has sex differently and uses varying levels of physical exertion. That's like saying, "Exercising uses a set X/per hour of calories". Well, there are different methods/types (walking, jogging, sprinting, lifting), intensity levels (aerobic, anaerobic), and durations. Sex can be gentle (jogging) or all out sweating mayhem (sprinting)! Whoever did this study should get themself a tattoo that says "IGNORANT" right on their forehead! No, the person who let this article be published should get that tattoo. How many calories would the tattoo artist burn doing that?!

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Sighmon8x
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:34:54 AM
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Are you sure there isn't a fine print at the bottom of the magazine page that says "along with a decent level of daily exercise and healthy diet"?

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