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Mountain Top Vacation

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Take a vacation in the mountains for some quick weight loss. German scientists found that in a study where 20 obese middle-aged men spent a week in a mountain research facility at an elevation of about 8700 feet, the men lost an average of 3.5 pounds and their blood pressure dropped significantly. They did not change their normal physical activity, but they did eat less. The scientists are not positive why, but their theory is that reduced oxygen at high altitudes may stimulate the secretion of leptin, which is a hormone which curbs appetite. So, taking a relaxing vacation just sitting by a mountain glacier would keep you cool and do wonders for your weight loss goals, and a little mountain climbing would burn a bunch of calories to slim you up even more. Then return to the Y to show off your new look and keep the weight off.