A Facebook post gives weight watchers an unusual weight loss tip. According to the post, one fart burns 67 calories, and 52 farts in one day can burn up to one pound of body fat.
The far-fetched weight loss tip gained attention lately after thousands of weight watchers noticed Google search results pointing them to a Facebook page called "F A C T," which made the claim in an August 2012 post without citing any reliable source to back it up.
The fact that the post has been shared widely and several online weight loss forums have discussed its theoretical and practical implications suggests that despite appearing to be a silly idea, some weight watchers may have seriously considered means of increasing their daily fart production to replace or complement time spent in the gym.
And judging from the proliferation of online references to the idea among weight watchers on the lookout for novel weight loss tips, grocers must have scratched their heads trying to explain the sudden spike in sale of beans, and many may have guessed rightly that a new healthy diet fad is pushing sales.