Does Losing Weight Increase or Decrease Your Sex Drive?

Does Losing Weight Increase or Decrease Your Sex Drive?

If you carry a few extra pounds, losing weight can bring a multitude of benefits-we’ve all heard loads about them: better quality sleep, better overall health, and feeling more energetic, to name a few.

But does shedding weight affect your sex drive? Does being lighter make you feel more in the mood for love, more often? Many say it does. According to, people of average and excessive weight who participated in a study over two years found that cutting their daily caloric intake increased their sex drive.

Participants were asked to cut their daily calories by 25%, and while most only succeeded in actually reducing their intake by just over 10%, they did lose pounds. On the whole, participants lost an average of 17 pounds each during the two-year study. And most reported an increase in their sex drive.

However, whether it’s the actual physical feeling of being lighter that makes people feel sexier or the psychological affect of accomplishing something society applauds, remains uncertain.

Some evidence points to the opposite being true. According to, when a person gains or loses body fat, the hormones in the body change which in turn, affects a person’s sex drive. The levels of a chemical known as sex- hormone-binding globulin increase, which causes testosterone levels and thus sex drive, to drop.

And so, in fact losing weight and body fat could actually cause your libido to plummet.

Losing too much weight can definitely send your sex drive on vacation, as this man recounts on


And personal body image and how sexy a person feels in their own skin may even have a greater impact on sex drive than any physical size.

“If you’re insecure and you focus on the way your body looks or what your partner is thinking about it during sex, you’re not going to be in the mood,” Cindy Meston, PhD, director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas in Austin commented to

It can be good to try to remember that we tend to underestimate what our partner might consider attractive.

“There’s a huge disconnect between what a woman (or man) thinks her partner is attracted to and what he (or she) actually is attracted to,” says Meston.

The key, like in everything, seems to be striking a balance. Experts say that believing your partner when they tell you that you look great is a good place to start.


For those who are overweight and looking to kink up their personal time, it’s true that eating a bit less could be the trick, and for those who are underweight and feeling sluggish, gaining a few pounds could help in the bedroom.

But don’t forget to surround yourself with the right crowd to boost your self-confidence. And a new outfit, some time with good friends and finding a way to give back can do wonders to make a person feel good about themselves. Relax and take in the view. Sometimes sexy is a physical thing and sometimes it’s a point of view.


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