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Watching scary movies might help weight loss

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Shining starring Jack Nicholson.

'The Shining' starring Jack Nicholson. (Warner Brothers)

If you're watching your weight this Halloween, try watching a horror movie.

Scientists say it's the release of fast-acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense fear, which is known to lower the appetite, increase the basal metabolic rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.

The scarier the movie the more calories burned.

No. 1 on the list, at 184 calories burned, is the The Shining. That was followed by Jaws, The Exorcist and Alien.

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