Burning calories on the couch?
According to a study conducted last October, watching scary movies can burn nearly 200 calories. That means you can pop in a scary movie, eat two fun size chocolate bars and not have to worry about those extra calories.
In the study, researchers from the University of Westminster in London had subjects watch a variety of horror films while taking measurements of their heart rate, oxygen intake, carbon dioxide output and calories burned.
"Each of the 10 films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies," cell metabolism specialist Richard Mackenzie explained to The Telegraph in an interview after the study was released.
"As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline."
He added: "It is this release of fast-acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories."
Here are the top 10 calorie-burning horror films used in the study:
1. "The Shining" - 184 calories
2. "Jaws" - 161 calories
3. "The Exorcist" - 158 calories
4. "Alien" - 152 calories
5. "Saw" - 133 calories
6. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" - 118 calories
7. "Paranormal Activity" - 111 calories
8. "The Blair Witch Project" - 105 calories
9. "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" - 107 calories
10. "[Rec]" - 101 calories