When Terri came to my office, she was so overweight and out of shape she could barely get out of bed. It took her hours to run basic errands, even grocery shopping. Hauling all that extra weight around made life difficult.

So we tried a new approach to exercise.

She walked for 45 seconds and then stopped.

She rested and then did it again.

That’s it.

Then we added the progressive element. After her first week of walking for 45 seconds followed by rest, we slowly increased the challenge.

In just 4 months, she lost 45 pounds. Today, Terri has dropped over 68 pounds and she’s still going.

Did you ever think you could lose 45 pounds by walking for 45 seconds? When I tell people this story, they’re shocked. But I have Terri’s progress recorded from the very beginning.

This new approach worked for Terri… and it can work for you, too.

If you want to get a taste of it, here are three simple steps you can take to get started right now:

1. Find an exertion level. Push yourself until you’re breathing heavily, until you’re at a level where you feel it would be hard to carry on a conversation. You can do this by running, biking, on a machine at the gym, etc.

2. Stop and recover (dynamic rest). Now measure your heart rate. You can do that with a heart rate monitor or by finding your pulse. When you feel your heart beating, count the number of beats for six seconds and multiply by 10. That’s your pulse rate.

3. Record your progress. How long did it take you to reach a high level of exertion? How long did it take you to recover? What was your heart rate? Write it down.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and the author of PACE: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution. He is also a nutritional expert, a fitness expert, and is certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. One of Dr. Sears’s patients, Rik Pavlescak, was able to lose 48 pounds of fat and build 24 pounds of new muscle after just three months on the PACE program. Find out how Rik (and dozens of other people like him) did it here.]

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Al Sears has written six books and more than 500 articles in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging and nutritional supplementation. He enjoys a worldwide readership of millions spread over 123 countries and has appeared on more than 50 national radio programs, ABC News, CNN and ESPN. In The Doctor’s Heart Cure, Dr. Sears exposes the real causes of the modern epidemic of heart disease with practical how-to advice for building real heart strength and resistance to disease without drugs. It is available in nine languages and remains a bestseller three years after its publication. His 12 Secrets to Virility sheds light on the huge environmental and nutritional problems with virility in our modern world and gives men a step-by step guide for maintaining health, strength and masculinity as they age. It became a bestseller during its first month of release. His latest book Your Best Health Under the Sun addresses the myths of the sun’s dangers and gives readers an action plan for restoring this important natural resource for better mood, strength, energy and nutritional health.Dr. Sears is board certified as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist and was appointed to the international panel of experts at Health Sciences Institute, (HSI) a worldwide information service for alternative nutritional therapies. A master gardener and herbalist, Dr. Sears maintains an herbal apothecary of more than 250 organic herbs used for research, education and treatments. Dr. Sears is the founder and director of The Wellness Research Foundation, conducting original research evaluating natural alternatives to pharmaceutical therapies.Dr. Sears is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is board certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. As a pioneer in this new field of medicine, he is an avid researcher and sought-after lecturer to thousands of doctors and health enthusiasts. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. As well as being a sports and fitness coach and a lifelong advocate of exercise programs, Dr. Sears is an ACE-certified fitness trainer. He maintains his integrative clinic and research center in Florida, where he has developed novel exercise and nutritional systems transforming the lives of more than 20,000 patients.