Does Farting Burn Calories?


Back in November 2015, if you searched “does farting burn calories” in Google you would have seen this search result:

fart burn calories

Google sourced this information from a Facebook page called “F A C T” however this is clearly fake news.  A single fart burning 67 calories is the same number of calories you would burn by walking for 15 minutes or doing burpies for 6 minutes.

Sorry to burst your bubble but farting does not burn any calories according to Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and author of The Fat Loss Prescription.

The average person farts up to 20 times a day which would be equal to burning 1,340 calories which would equal a pound every couple of days.



Also the sound doesn’t make a difference in the amount of calories burned.  Your muscles don’t have to do much work when you fart.  They relax and the gas passes due to the pressure.  Even if you farted as hard and as violently as possible (while you might poop your pants) you won’t burn calories.

Sorry guess you’ll have to join the gym!  You won’t be farting yourself thin any time soon.


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