Study: Watching Scary Movies Burns Calories

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File photo of a man dressed as Leatherface from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

File photo of a man dressed as Leatherface from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – From Atkins to South Beach, diet trends are nothing new to the American populace. However, researchers from across the pond may have found a brand new way to shed pounds – watching horror movies.

Movies such as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Jaws” could help health-conscious film buffs lose close to 200 calories per viewing, Entertainment Weekly learned.

The study, conducted at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom and backed by a British movie rental service called LOVEFiLM, reportedly found that 90 minutes of enjoying a scary movie could work off the equivalent of a whole chocolate bar.

Researchers found that the cause for the healthy side effects of horror classics was the surge of adrenaline that burned calories while also curbing hunger.

The biggest calorie-crusher – “The Shining” – allegedly took off 184 calories, according to Entertainment Weekly, because it caused viewers to jump in surprise during the scariest scenes.

The top 10 list also included horror hits such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Saw” and “The Blair Witch Project.”

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