A Different Weight Loss Approach

You've probably noticed that there's no shortage of diet books at the bookstore. The advice usually follows a similar path and incorporates a coordinated effort aimed at reducing caloric intake while increasing exercise. A novel approach along these lines was published in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Researchers had volunteers fast for 12 to 14 hours and then engage in extended-duration moderate intensity aerobic exercise. Subjects engaged in this mini-fast followed by exercise 3 to 5 times a week for 3 months. The average amount of weight lost was 16 pounds, a little more than a pound per week.

The Bigger Picture: This mini fast plus exercise approach seems to short-circuit our biological programming which is determined to hold onto body fat after a switch to low calorie meals. It's been demonstrated that weight training also helps to boost the metabolism and burn more fat. So cutting out some of the cardio and incorporating a weight lifting element with this kind of diet might produce even more impressive results. It might not be necessary to wait so long between meals either!
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