A “Scot­tish shower” is an­other way to put weight gain on ice.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - WEIGHT LOSS BULLETIN -

sug­gests that mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to drink half a litre of wa­ter af­ter run­ning for half an hour in­creases your pro­duc­tion of growth hor­mone by 48 per­cent (com­pared with a dry run). Growth hor­mone is, of course, a key fac­tor in build­ing mus­cle, but it’s also a po­tent fat burner – mean­ing, a leisurely al­beit well-lu­bri­cated stint on the tread­mill is a use­ful weapon in your bat­tle against the bulge.

“Al­ways fin­ish with a blast of cold wa­ter for as long as you can han­dle,” he ad­vises. “It trig­gers a process called horme­sis – a bi­o­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non that gives you phys­i­cal ben­e­fits from a low dose of some­thing that could oth­er­wise be dan­ger­ous.” In this case, a di­rect, pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on fat burn­ing. The fact that cold wa­ter has been shown to im­prove im­mu­nity, cir­cu­la­tion, skin, hair, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion are cool ex­tras. It might even wake you up.

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