Obesity is one of the most costly and concerning health issues associated with an aging population but there is new evidence that treating this epidemic may not be all self-deprivation and denial. A recent study from York University has found that sex may actually decrease appetite and help prevent binge eating.
The study findings, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, demonstrated that the hormone oxytocin which is released during sexual activity can decrease appetite, especially for sweet carbohydrates. Increased levels of oxytocin in the brain also raise dopamine levels which elevates mood and causes a craving for romantic encounters rather than food.
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Research at the University of Quebec in 2014 also found that an hour of love making can burn as many calories as a 30 minute jog. And it doesn’t take a study to know that a less than satisfying sex life can lead to seeking pleasure in more unhealthy ways, including indulging in high-calorie foods.
If sex is not an option for any reason, according to Psychology Today you can also boost oxytocin through massage, doing something nice for a friend, petting a dog, giving(or receiving) a good long hug, having a live conversation(no texting) or wrapping up with a blanket and cup of hot tea.
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