Saturday, February 6, 2010

Science Article Summary - 9

Science Article Summary - 9

Altitude Causes Weight Loss Without Exercise

[1] T. Ghose, “Altitude Causes Weight Loss Without Exercise,” Wired Science, Feb. 2010. [Online]. Available: [Accessed Feb. 6, 2010].

We know that most people in the world are overweight, and just a influx of weight-loss medication hits the general public in commercial form, researchers have finally found a better, more relaxing way to help lose weight.  Instead of exercising to lose the weight, researchers have found that retreats as short as a week in high elevation areas can make you lose the weight and help you to better keep it off.  The good thing about this method is that the overweight people do not have to eat any differently, they can eat as much as they want, the only requirement is that they do it in the higher elevations.  All seems fairly straightforward with this method, but underneath the shell one can also find a plethora of issues with this method.  Not only is it harder for the obese to get up to the high elevation, but once they are there they are more prone to various health problems including altitude sickness, edema, and heart attacks.  The main issue, heart attacks, is said to be a very serious problem as inflammation can be made worse by the stronger attitudinal pressures, so anyone wishing to try this technique should take extreme caution.

Although this technique does work, and seems to work even after they come down from the high elevation, the effect does seem to decrease back to normality after about six months.  Researchers have noted that to make this a fully functional weight loss technique, people would have to try and go up and down the mountain in certain intervals in order to keep the weight loss function and to keep their metabolism at stable levels.

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