Men's Health (South Africa) - - WEIGHT LOSS -

Take a cue from the Amish on this one. In a land­mark study of an Old Or­der Amish community, re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Mary­land con­cluded that a life­style with abun­dant phys­i­cal work may help off­set the im­pact of car­ry­ing risky vari­ants of the FTO gene. The most ac­tive men in this community burn about an ex­tra 3 750kJ a day, thanks to sev­eral hours of farm­ing, car­pen­try, black­smithing, and other ac­tiv­i­ties – and this ba­si­cally over­rides that ge­netic penalty.

HIT THE SWITCH You don’t have to live on a farm to be as ac­tive as the Amish. There are many ways to log an ex­tra 3 750kJ a day. For ex­am­ple, walk briskly for 12km over about two hours. Or try to run 11km in an hour. Or bike to work for 50 min­utes each way.

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