Does sex count as a workout? If so, how many calories do you stand to lose in bed? And how often should you take on this, um, “exercise?”

In a rather conservative country like the Philippines, these are probably some questions we can categorize as things-you-always-wanted-to-know-but-are-afraid-to-ask. How about we save you the trouble and research this stuff for you?

Yes, sex lets you burn calories; but the real question is how much? Experts say it really depends on the quality of sex you’re getting. According to health and fitness blogger Sarah Jio, every activity you take before, during, and after sex comes with its own set of calorie loss count. For instance, a full hour of passionate kissing lets you shed 68 calories. So in realistic terms, 10 minutes of kissing is equal to about 11 calories lost.

Those who take the effort for a long foreplay are rewarded with more burned fats. Thirty minutes of romantic dance is equivalent to losing 103 calories. Passionate petting and necking burn a massive 238 calories per half hour.

A half hour of oral sex delightfully obliterates 100 calories.  And finally, sex lets you burn 144 calories per 30 minutes.

Just like any workout, a good post-coital cool down, like giving your partner a massage lets you lose 80 calories per half hour easy.

Like running, sex favors (no pun intended) those who do the marathon than sprints. A routinary five minutes of kissing and 15 minutes of sex let you shed a measly 77 calories. A half cup of rice gives you 102 calories, just to give you a picture.

In contrast, 30 minutes of romantic dance, followed by 30 minutes of make out session, then 30 minutes of oral sex, another 30 minutes of sex, and finishing everything off with a 30 minutes massage lets you shed 665 calories.

An hour of light swimming session only lets you lose about 450 calories an hour.