A group of researchers in Europe took healthy, overweight men, restricted their calorie consumption, and put them on a grueling exercise regimen for four days.
I just want to highlight some of the important variables to consider:
Healthy males were involved.
Their calorie consumption was in liquid form.
At most, 90 grams was the highest total of protein consumption.
The Results of the Study:
Participants lost approximately 2.75 lbs/day over four days
Approximately 5.7-6 lbs lost over the 4-day period was loss of muscle mass.
Less than half of the 11 lb-weight loss came from fat loss.
The study reinforces the idea that exercise can rev up metabolism and suppress hunger. For the participants, the weight stayed off after a month! There was even some additional fat loss after the initial follow up. While you already know how important effective exercise combined with smart eating is to being healthy, the participants sustained success might also be attributed to the boost in motivation after experiencing such drastic progress.
"The researchers were startled that the volunteers were able to keep the weight off. And the best they could surmise was that the men were inspired by their hyper compressed success to change their lifestyles. "
I am not surprised given the quick success and that they would be measured again with their peers.
This study needs to be replicated along with a thorough follow up. Possibly with an evaluation has to do their motivation.
http://nyti.ms/SlCpKA NYTimes: 4 Days, 11 Pounds