Cycle your way to svelte

And not just on your bicycle.

By “cycling” your calorie intake throughout the week, you can expedite weight loss by tricking the body’s own fat-preservation methods, said Brad Schoenfeld, a fitness trainer in Scarsdale, N.Y., and author of “Women’s Home Workout Bible” (Human Kinetics, 2010).

For example, if your target calorie intake is 1,500 calories a day, you would eat 1,200 calories on Monday, 1,500 on Tuesday, and 1,800 on Wednesday, and then repeat.

“This helps to override the body’s natural starvation mechanism, tricking it into greater fat loss,” Schoenfeld said.

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