Being unfaithful to your partner can have a surprising benefit, especially for those struggling to shed those excess pounds, after a new survey found that cheating on your partner can lead to weight loss.
The survey was conducted by a dating website, UndercoverLovers.com, in which 53 percent of male respondents and 62 percent of female respondents revealed that they had lost weight following an affair. The survey revealed that on an average, men lost around 6 pounds while women lost around 10 pounds.
While the results of the survey should be taken with caution, as the website deals with married people seeking affairs, psychologists believe that the stress of attempting to hide the affair with your partner could lead to conditions that may propagate weight loss.
"Engaging in an affair puts an enormous amount of pressure on an individual. Telling lies, avoiding direct confrontations and sneaking around someone's back cause a lot of stress. Being stressed has a whole range of effects on your body. You produce adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol, your heart rate goes up, you breathe faster, your blood pressure rises and levels of serotonin are increased. All this can burn calories", Birmingham City University's psychology professor Craig Jackson said.