Originally Posted by moonlite
Ask some junkies, at first with small amount of drug they were more happy/more effective (especially true about speeds), than they discovered that they cannot live without it and that it had drained them of something vital. Sex definitely is not the same as food or water because you can live without sex all your life (I do not recomend it just say it's possible). Have you ever heard about delaying gratification? (that's why the gym is not the best way to train your will - I saw many people in my life who trained a lot and were very underdeveloped concerning their will - because it can also be addictive and serve as an escape)
But what vitality does masturbation actually drain you of, assuming you aren't horribly addicted to it and constantly doing it day in and day out? The idea that masturbation or sex somehows drains you of your willpower or energy just starts reeking of the usual religions to me, along with those ideas I also learned as a kid that it'll cause you to go to Hell, go blind and grow hair on your palms.
I disagree about training in the gym not being "delayed gratification". It takes serious time, effort, and commitment to accomplish much of anything with weight training, and requires you to work your butt off inflicting pain on yourself while also doing the same outside the gym with nutrition, rest, and etc, day in and day out for weeks or months on end to make decent progress.