4 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight
Myth 1: More exercise yields more weight lost.
Logging too many hours at the gym actually yields diminishing returns. Researchers put 61 slightly overweight men (who didn’t already work out) in one of three groups: a group that didn’t exercise, one that worked out for 30 minutes a day and another that hoofed it for an hour daily. None of the men were dieting. After three months, the couch-potato group—not surprisingly—didn’t drop a pound. But the 30-minute exercisers shed about 8 pounds versus only 6 for those who sweated it out twice as long. Too much treadmill time can backfire in two ways, say researchers: our bodies tell us to gobble more food to make up for what we’ve burned and we instinctively move less later on to conserve energy.
A smarter strategy: Shoot for daily half-hour sweat sessions at a high intensity.
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