A “Mini-Fast with Exercise” Protocol for Fat Loss

Nesting sessions of moderate intensity aerobic exercise within 12-14 hour fasts is a logical and effective strategy for burning off stored fat; that’s because insulin and glucose levels remain low during and for some time after the exercise. If you choose low-fat foods when you do eat, progressive fat loss is almost assured. This “mini-fast with exercise” strategy was tested in an open clinical trial at Oasis of Hope Hospital; on average those who finished the 12-week protocol lost a quarter of their initial fat mass, while actually increasing their lean mass. This is a sustainable strategy that can help to achieve and maintain leanness; it is compatible with carbohydrate concentrated-dieting, and with vegan or Mediterranean dietary choices.

Originally published in Medical Hypotheses 2009;73(4):619-22.

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