By Sarah Jenks



With bikini season approaching, I’m sure you’re starting to think about hitting the gym pretty hard and signing up for a juice cleanse. But before you enlist in 6 weeks of brutal torture, I’d like to invite you to try something a little more fun. Kissing.


As you know, we’re all about how to lose weight by accident, and kissing just might be the perfect definition of it. Here’s why:

1. A 20-minute make-out sesh with your honey burns 40 calories.

2. Kissing is a natural high, which we can replace for our cravings for chocolate, wine and cheese. According to Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing, lip contact engages all of our senses, and involves five of our 12 cranial nerves. “Electric impulses bounce between the brain, lips, tongue and skin, which can lead to the feeling of being on a natural “high” because of a potent cocktail of chemical messengers involved.”

3. Kissing reduces our appetite. When we kiss, it releases the hormone dopamine, which naturally causes feeling of euphoria, excitement and a loss of appetite.  I’m sure you can remember extreme examples of this in your life when you were at the very beginning of a relationship. When we’re in the throes of new love, we never think about food.

4. Kissing helps you relax. How many times do you go straight to the fridge right when you get home from work? Most of the time it’s just to get our minds to chill after a long stressful day at work. A better way to relax is to have a 10 minute make-out session. Kissing causes you to breathe more deeply and release oxytocin, which gives us the feeling of tranquility.

My challenge to you is to make out with your honey for 30 seconds, 3 times a day. That only a minute and a half! I promise you’ll be thrilled with the results you’re your body… and your relationship.
Sarah Jenks, founder of, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat. Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”