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growth hormone, and release norepinephrine into the body, all of which allow for an increased process of breaking down fat cells. Objective: To analyze the effectiveness of intermittent fasting for weight loss with a first year inactive male college student. Methods: Over the span of four weeks, body weight was measured every day at approximately 8am. The first meal of the day was consumed at 12pm, the second meal was consumed at 3pm, and the final meal was consumed at 7pm. The total caloric consumption of each day was roughly 2000 calories in order to place emphasis on the independent variable. Results: After the 4 weeks finished, the overall body weight decreased by 1.5 pounds per week. The starting weight was 195 pounds and the final weight was 189 pounds, a 6 pound decrease. Conclusions: Intermittent fasting has been proven to allow for consistent weight loss over a span of four weeks. Current scientific literature agrees to the efficiency of intermittent fasting and shows that eating your meals within a smaller time frame can increase your metabolic rate. Word Count: 233 Example 2: Title: The effects of social media on stress levels of a college student Background: Social media is used widely around the world. Social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are used to communicate with family, friends, and the rest of the world. Studies show these networking sites can be addictive to some. Social media can create an addiction and obsession for individuals and lead to them pushing off other important aspects of their life, such as work, school, and human interaction. Whether or not the overuse of social media contributes to high stress levels in my life is unknown. Objective: To determine if social media usage plays a role in my overall stress levels. Methods: Pre- and post-Perceived Stress Scale scores were recorded to measure the difference in stress levels. I performed a 2-week social media fast where I recorded each day I went without any form of social media use. On the last day of the experiment, the Perceived Stress Scale was taken, recorded, and then compared to that of the first day to determine if stress levels were lowered. Results: Two weeks of no social media usage decreased my stress level by 11 points, going from a score of 16 to 5 (per the Perceived Stress Scale). Conclusions: Cutting out social media can have a stress-relieving effect on one’s life. This finding agrees with some of the existing literature on social media and causes of stress, which state that overuse of social media can be highly addictive and stressful.
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