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New York, February 27, 2013
Having an extramarital affair can actually be good for your health, an infidelity website has claimed.
UndercoverLovers.com, a UK dating site for married people, conducted a survey of 3,000 of its philandering members to ask them how much weight, if any, they had lost since they began having an affair.
Of the 1,500 female respondents, 62 percent reported some weight loss, dropping an average of 10 lbs. Of the 1,500 male respondents, 53 percent reported some weight loss, dropping an average of 6 lbs, the Huffington Post reported.
“It’s well known that we eat more, and less healthily, when we’re unhappy. Many UndercoverLovers.com members have endured years, and in some cases decades, of marital unhappiness before embarking on their affair. The instant joy and boost to self-esteem that many experience by having a new lover and the desire to look their best for them, can provide the perfect incentive to lose weight,” the site’s spokesperson Emily Pope said.
Pope also attributed the weight loss to the added calorie burn of sex and other physically intimate activities.
However, according to psychologist and Divorce blogger, Dr. Jeff Gardere, the loss is likely tied to something very unhealthy -- stress.
“No matter how much fun you may be having during these one night stands and adulterous affairs, the stress that is caused by sneaking around and not getting caught, and lying to your spouse is tremendous,” he wrote in an email to Huffington Post Divorce.
He said that feeling guilty after the sex act and the affair also brings on additional stress too.
So you are losing weight during your illicit physical/sexual activity and even losing additional weight from the aforementioned stress, he added.