All the Halloween candy and the upcoming holiday treats are enough to scare you about your waistline. Have no fear; a new study says you can burn off that candy bar just by watching a scary movie!
It sounds too good to be true, and surely your doctor would tell you to get off the couch and get to the gym, but this is a fun way to burn calories too.
According to the new study, if you put yourself through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror, you can burn as many as 113 calories, the equivalent to a chocolate bar.
So what movie should you be reaching for to help burn the calories?
The 1980 psychological thriller The Shining topped of the list of calorie-burners, with the average viewer using up 184 calories.
The research also revealed films featuring moments designed to make viewers jump in terror are the best calorie-burners, as they cause heart rates to soar.
Jaws took the runner-up spot, with viewers burning on average 161 calories, and The Exorcist came third, with 158 calories.
So when you get home to your apartment in Garner, NC tonight with that plate full of treats, watch a scary movie - and have a scary good work out!
The top calorie-burning scary movies were:
- The Shining: 184 calories
- Jaws: 161 calories
- The Exorcist: 158 calories
- Alien: 152 calories
- Saw: 133 calories
- A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
- Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
- The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories