Scientists say they’ve discovered the perfect equation for rapid fat loss while gaining muscle just in time for New Year’s weight loss resolutions. But, how exactly?
According to Science Daily one professor has found a way.
“Researchers at McMaster University have uncovered significant new evidence in the quest for the elusive goal of gaining muscle and losing fat, an oft-debated problem for those trying to manage their weight, control their calories and balance their protein consumption.”
Apparently, this fat loss program can get results like the gentlemen below after just one month.
That’s right, it’s still not too late to get what Details.com calls your “Instabody” and probably much sooner than you think. However, scientists also say that obtaining such fat loss goals will not be so easy.
It should be no surprise that maintaining a strict diet and exercise regimen for fat loss should be a rigorous task requiring a substantial amount of discipline and dedication to achieve. However, “quick fix” workout plans would have one think the opposite.
How is this possible? Researchers say, via Details.com, the fat loss program is “unsustainably grueling.”
Stuart Phillips, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and senior investigator on the study, noted the following about the fat loss program.
“These guys were in rough shape, but that was part of the plan. We wanted to see how quickly we could get them into shape: lose some fat, but still retain their muscle and improve their strength and fitness.”
The 40 male participants of the fat loss program were all given a low calorie diet, and half of them were given a diet high in protein. The protein diet group managed to gain an average of 2.5 pounds despite a low calorie intake. The other group didn’t gain any muscle, nor did they lose any. All participants of the fat loss program worked out six days a week.
Researchers examined the high-protein diet group more extensively. What they found is that, on average, those participants lost 10.5 pounds, while the low protein group lost only eight pounds. As for weight strength, significant gains were still made even after the weight loss. Most gym users know weight loss is usually counter-productive to the strength gaining process.
Before you get on the bench yourself, note that Dr. Phillips says that the workout may not be for everyone and could be potentially dangerous. He claims that the participants of the weight loss program were under his “scientific thumb” throughout the entire four-week process, News Wisereports.
“We designed this program for overweight young men, although I’m sure it would work for young women too, to get fitter, stronger, and to lose weight fast. It’s a tough program and not something that’s sustainable or for those looking for quick and easy fix,” says Phillips. “We controlled their diets, we supervised the exercise, and we really kept these guys under our ‘scientific’ thumb for the four weeks the participants were in the study.”
Phillips is also doing a follow-up study to see how women react to the program. He also hopes to find a fat loss regime that is “a little easier and much more sustainable” for people whom aren’t full-time fitness models or part of an experiment.
In a nutshell, Dr. Phillips is saying that he’s found the “holy grail” formula for fat loss and gaining muscle at the same time.
Do you think Dr. Phillips has truly found the fat loss “holy grail?” Or is this just another decorated gimmick?
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