How is your sex life? A little too personal? Probably so, but did you know that your weight can be tied to your sex life? In more ways than one? The most obvious can be the physical ability to perform a particular position or just engage in the activity.
Research published in the scientific journal Obesity says:
"Obesity is associated with lack of enjoyment of sexual activity, lack of sexual desire, difficulties with sexual performance, and avoidance of sexual encounters. Sexual quality of life is most impaired for women."
A Duke University study shows that obese people seeking to lose weight have these complaints 25 times the rate of normal-weight people. For men, the primary complaint is erectile dysfunction and for women it is the lack of sexual partners, the infrequency of sexual activity and the shame and low self-esteem associated with their obesity.
As humans, we have 2 primal hungers: Food and Sex. The relationship between the two is undeniable: both are forces beyond our conscious control that demand our understanding.
Could lack of sex contribute to the need to eat - even when we are not hungry or we know we should not be eating? "Sexual anorexia" often goes hand in hand with emotional overeating, which compensates for the missed pleasure, and sadly makes our bodies bigger.
The good news is that weight loss can help resolve these problems! Studies have shown strong and consistent evidence of the positive effects of weight loss on sexual functioning for both men and women. Even better, sex can help you lose weight! On average, sex burns 150 to 250 calories per half hour.
Click here for some sexual positions that double as exercise. If you have a partner, why not make more time for sex? Plan if you have to. Make suggestions to your partner if they are not "hitting the spot" for your sexual appetite. And always - practice safely.
As wonderful as sex is, it can also cause severe health issues.
What do you think about the relationship between weight and sex?
Khyrunnessa Rabbani - I am perfectly imperfect! I am passionate about health and fitness but lack the bod and six pack to prove it! .Love your body and yourself and the rest will fall into place.