Many newly engaged women drop weight without even trying from the stress and
anxiety of planning a wedding and in some ways, New York City-based model and
actress Kerry McCloskey was no exception. She lost 23 pounds in the six months
after she got engaged, but it wasn't from stress. It was from sex -- lots of
"It was during a particular time of romance and passion after I got
engaged and I saw the effects that increased sex had on my body," she tells
WebMD. This epiphany led to more research and her new book called the
Ultimate Sex Diet. "I felt better immediately," McCloskey
says, "because sex is a mood enhancer; the more you have it, the more
endorphins that are released." Endorphins are the brain's feel-good
Men don't like to talk about it; neither do their partners. But loss of
libido in men or inhibited sexual desire stresses a marriage more than any
other sexual dysfunction, according to Barry McCarthy, co-author of
Rekindling Desire: A Step by Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex
Losing interest in sex may not be as common an occurrence for men as it is
for women: It affects about 15% to 16% of men, and at least double that many
women. "But when men lose interest in sex it...
According to McCloskey and a growing body of research, we can all learn
something from the wanton women of Wisteria Lane on ABC's hit comedy Desperate
Housewives who bed-hop in and out of their marriages and all have rather
"It begins with thinking sexy thoughts and making sex a priority,"
she says of her sex diet. "I recommend having sex three to five times per
week, which can be accomplished by doubling up on the weekends," McCloskey
says. On average, sex burns 150 to 250 calories per half hour. "Since it's
free and so much fun, I've found making love is the ultimate exercise
More than just sex, McCloskey also suggests toning exercises including the
"Elvis Pelvis" to help readers and their partners think sexy. To do
this move, stand naked facing your partner and press your pelvises together for
balance. Raise your arms to the ceiling and lean back while maintaining pelvic
contact. Hold for three seconds, repeat five times.
No doubt about it, "sex is good exercise," says Laura Berman, PhD,
LCSW, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology and psychiatry at
the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, and
director of the Berman Center. "It gets your heart rate up even if you are
not having extremely acrobatic sex," she tells WebMD.
Mix It Up
"Sex is a form of exercise especially if you incorporate different
positions," she says. "If you move around a little bit and flex your
muscles, it can be a very good exercise," she says.
Recent research shows that exercise in short bursts over the course of the
day can be as effective as 30 to 40 minutes in a row. "You could use sex as
15 to 20 minutes of your exercise routine and then do something else at a
different point of the day."
Another perk: "Sex is the kind of exercise that most people don't find
boring," Berman says.
"Getting to the point where you are highly aroused and reaching orgasm
can be good cardiovascular activity," she says. "That's why we tell
people in poor cardiovascular health to avoid sex," she says.