At least, according to this article by the Daily Mail, via Dados Rosa.
She is not known for books on slimming. But if you want to lose weight, Jilly Cooper is apparently the author to turn to.
Scientists claim that simply reading a racy novel can help you fight the flab.
They have calculated that a few hours engrossed in a book can double your basal metabolic rate.
On average, we burn around one calorie per minute when sitting still, but reading encourages the production of adrenaline, causing BMR to rise to up to 1.75 calories per minute, say the researchers, commissioned by book store Borders.
Top of the fat-busting list is Jilly Cooper’s novel, Polo. With more than 770 pages of sex and scandal it ensures that, if you read at a rate of 300 words a minute, you burn off more than 1,100 calories – the equivalent of a Big Mac meal – by the end.
The other works in the top ten are –
The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown (885 calories)
The Shining: Stephen King (745)
Runaway Jury: John Grisham (722)
Bravo Two Zero: Andy McNab (605)
The Day of the Jackal: Frederick Forsyth (604)
The Exorcist: William Peter Blatty (465)
Dirty Blonde Diaries: Courtney Love (444)
Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen (443)
And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie (327)
I have to go dig out my 3 Jilly Cooper blockbusters and The Da Vinci Code now. If I don’t update my blog, it means I’m too busy shopping for clothes for my new svelte body.