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  • on 28.09.2011
  • at 11:33 AM
  • by Jessy Troy

3 Very Unconventional Ways to Lose Weight


If you’ve been trying to find a way to lose weight that actually works, and are sick of the influx of diet pill scams and articles telling you to stop eating and exercise more (wow, I didn’t know that!), it may be an indication that the conventional approach isn’t working for you (not that there’s anything wrong with this, considering that doing monotonous cardio is not something that everyone has time for).

Luckily, thanks to recent studies that have been published over the last year, new ways have been discovered to help you lose weight that are not only effective, but more innovative and less time consuming than the conventional “eat less and exercise more” method.  Here are 3 unconventional ways to lower your body fat:

1. Virtual Fitness

If you’ve ever been told that sitting around on the computer is not good for you, those people are wrong.  Well, sort of.  A recent study carried out at Indiana University followed two groups of women considered obese over a period of 12 weeks.

The first group attended 4 hour long weekly sessions at a fitness club (learning about what types of food they should eat, how to exercise, etc.) and the second did the same via an online fitness club on the computer game “Second Life.”  While both groups lost about 10 lbs, the online group scored higher on tests that assessed whether they retained ideologies and values that lead to healthier lifestyles.

2. Have Confidence

This may seem like the type of “advice” that can be relegated to the things that your mother tells you, but a recent study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity showed that improving one’s body image can actually enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programs.

Researchers enrolled obese women (with a BMI of over 30) into a year long weight loss program, with one group given general health information on how to lose weight and the other attending weekly group sessions where issues like improving body image were discussed.  Surprisingly, the group that learned how to have an improved body image lost 7% of their starting weight, while the other group lost only 2%, suggesting that that having more self confidence reduces anxiety and overly rigid diet regimens, which both often leads to overeating.

3. Use Sensa

No, I don’t mean use a sensei, but karate does burn a lot of calories.  Sensa, invented by a neurologist and perfected  after 25 years of research carried out at the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Center, is a tasteless spray that will mitigate your appetite.

In clinical trials that lasted 6 months, the average amount of weight lost was 30 pounds.  If you’re one of those people whose stomach will absolutely not stand for skipping meals or eating less, Sensa has proven to be an innovative approach to mitigating your caloric intake without starving yourself.

Eric Hirota is a personal trainer at LAVA Sport & Fitness.  He specializes in plyometrics and body fat reduction.

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