Four Days Of Extreme Exercise = Lasting Weight Loss

May 23, 2014 7:29 am 2 comments

It sounds like another falsely promising come-on for weight loss, but it’s reported by one of the most reliable health and fitness writers around: the New York Timesimages‘ Gretchen Reynolds. Reynolds tells us about a new study, published in March in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, showing that just four days of intense exercise and minimal calorie intake can take off pounds in a way that keeps them off for months. Here, read this: “Researchers in Spain and Sweden had 15 healthy but overweight Swedish men restrict their calories to about 360 a day, a reduction of approximately 1,800 calories. What calories they did ingest came in liquid form: Some men drank mostly sugary carbohydrates, others a high-protein drink. The men also exercised — a lot. Their days began with 45 minutes of cranking an arm-pedaling machine for an upper-body workout. Then, as a group, the men strolled for eight hours across the Swedish countryside, with only a 10-minute break every hour. They were allowed as much of a low-calorie, sports-type beverage as they wanted during their walks.” After four days, Reynolds reports, the men had each lost almost 11 pounds. Wait, there’s more. A month later, most had lost another two pounds, and a full year later the men still weighed five pounds less than they did before the grueling experiment.  Read more in the New York Times.

2 Comments

  • As an unforturately still working class Sports Geezer, I really don’t have the time and frankly the endurance to work out and then take an 8 hour hike, even if I do get a 4 day w/e.

    Besides, I really work out because I enjoy the way it makes me feel; before, during and after. I don’t use it looking for some gimickly way to lose a few pounds and then forget about it for a few weeks. Who does that, honestly? It’s interesting, but not really useful except in maybe a lab setting.

  • mary loughman

    I think it will be fun to walk for eight hours, hard but fun. I’m not sure I can reproduce the 45 minutes of arm exercise. It is pretty low intensity though; 15%. I’ll just do various arm things to music. Going to see if I can do one day!

Leave a Reply


Recent Posts

  • Pain Ibuprofen And Healing, Probably Not

    Ibuprofen And Healing, Probably Not

    Does ibuprofen, the choice of pain relievers for most athletes, promote healing, or does it just reduce pain? That’s the question that New York Times fitness columnist Gretchen Reynolds tackles, with help from  Stuart Warden, a professor of health science at Indiana University who has studied ibuprofen and tendinopathy, as tendinitis is now known. The short answer, says Reynolds, is no, ibuprofen does nothing for healing. The longer answer is more troubling: it may actually slow healing. As Warden points […]

    Read more →
  • Pain Exercise May Help Control Prostate Cancer

    Exercise May Help Control Prostate Cancer

    Researchers offer no guarantees, but it looks like regular exercise increases the chances that prostate cancer will not spread beyond the prostate. HealthDay reports on an American Cancer Society study that included more than 10,000 men, aged 50 to 93, who were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 1992 and 2011. Researchers surveyed the men, asking about their physical activity before and after their diagnosis. Ready? The envelope please….the researchers found that men with the highest levels of exercise before their diagnosis […]

    Read more →
  • Attitude Pain Your Brain On Tylenol

    Your Brain On Tylenol

    Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does a pretty good job of relieving pain, but it also does some other things, like make it hard to spot an error that would otherwise be readily apparent. We know this because researchers at the University of Toronto gave two groups of 30 a target-detection task called the Go or No Go, in which players were asked to hit a Go button every time the letter F flashed on a screen but refrain […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain Rich People Live Longer

    Rich People Live Longer

    Yes, the rich are different from the rest of us. They live longer, for one thing. The New York Times reports on research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association showing that the gap in life spans between rich and poor widened from 2001 to 2014, with the top 1 percent in income among American men living 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent. Yikes! And for women, the gap is 10 years. Wait, there’s more. In this […]

    Read more →
  • Pain Pot, Not Opioids, For Pain Reduction

    Pot, Not Opioids, For Pain Reduction

    Smoking pot could be one answer to the country’s growing opioid abuse problem. Why do we say that? Because researchers at the University of Michigan have found that patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications known as opioids. The researchers, who looked 185 patients from a medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor, also found that pot users reported fewer side effects from their medications and […]

    Read more →
  • Attitude Pain Can Cat Poop Make You Crazy Mad?

    Can Cat Poop Make You Crazy Mad?

    Cat poop, coveted by dogs and loathed by most humans, is suspected of making people mad, really mad. Researchers at the University of Chicago are convinced that people who are prone to explosive bouts of rage might be under the influence of toxoplasmosis, an illness caused by a parasite found in cat feces and undercooked meat. Strange but true. HealthDay reports that the study split 358 people into three groups–those with intermittent explosive disorder, those with a psychiatric disorder other than IED, […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain The Ideal Interval Length

    The Ideal Interval Length

    We’ve all heard of interval training, in which short bursts of high intensity activity are alternated with less strenuous stints. Now comes Gretchen Reynolds, fitness writer for the New York Times, with answers, kind of, to two important questions about interval training: how long should an intense burst last?, and exactly how intense is “intense?” The answer, says Reynolds, is it depends. Mainly, it depends on how much pain you’re willing to put on yourself. Reynolds cites the research of Martin […]

    Read more →
  • Attitude Pain Mindfulness Beats Pain

    Mindfulness Beats Pain

    No one is suggesting that mindful meditation could be the answer to the country’s opioid crisis, but some experts think it could make a dent in it. Researchers at Wake Forest are convinced that mindful meditation can reduce pain, and more significantly, it can reduce pain through mechanisms unrelated to our bodies’ opioid system. A Wake Forest news release reports that in a randomized, double-blinded study, 78 healthy, pain-free volunteers were divided into four groups for the four-day (20 minutes per day) […]

    Read more →