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I always found the concept of Minimum Effective Dose (MED) interesting ! Clearly this is one of the most interesting subjects for athletes and everyone working with health and/or performance. What is the smallest amount of work you can do and still expect a result? We have a Danish health expert named Per Brændgaard (http://perbraendgaard.com/) who has been working with this approach to diet for a long time. One of his strategies when working with obese clients is to find all the small things that people can change without experiencing it as a huge challenge in their everyday life . The point is that if you for instance substitute a bag of chips every week with an apple, you will loose several kg in the span of a year. And it’s much more realistic than deciding to live off salad leaves and still water or start everyday with a 20K run. Anyway, I found these articles on MED, and I hope that you’ll like them! – Ditte
The Minimum Effective Dose (MED) is defined as “The smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome.”
THE MINIMUM EFFECTIVE DOSE FOR FAT LOSS
(..) One of the most common mistakes that I see when it comes time to shed some fat is that people go totally overboard. They bust out of the gate going a million miles per hour, only to immediately crash and burn. Why do more than you have to when it comes to nutrition and training? This is akin a t-shirt costing $10, yet you insist on paying $20. Silly.
TWO EXPERIMENTS IN EXERCISE MINIMALISM
Most people assume that getting in shape – or staying in shape – requires hours of weekly exercise and rigid meal planning. Not true. Minimalistic exercise plans and flexible nutritional guidelines can work equally well – sometimes better – as these Precision Nutrition experiments demonstrate.