Have you dreamt of losing 30kg of weight within a year? Then you should try emulating a Chinese man, who has perfected a unique form of weight training – of carrying a heavy cement block on his head.

The daily practice of a Chinese fifty-four-year-old, Cong Yan, who walks around the park every day with a 40 kg rock in his head, surely enters the book of records for the most bizarre methods of losing weight. According to the man, this unusual exercise would have allowed him to lose 30Kg over the past three years.

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Yan had the idea when he realised he was in bad shape: 1.63 tall, weighed 115 kg, and was worried that it was going to undermine his health. But he didn’t want to resort to diet pills, and instead decided to focus on physical exercise.

However, instead of following a classic exercise routine, he started walking with a 15kg stone on his head. Once this exercise became too easy, he replaced the stone with a 30Kg one, and also increased the distance. Today he walks every day for 3 km with a block of cement of 40 kg on his head.

For his fellow citizens, the sight of Yan with the block in his head walking through the park has now become a daily sight, but despite this, the surprise never fails and when Yan passes he always turns a few heads. Notoriety has also given man a new idea – he wants to contact the Guinness Book of World Records to see if there is a record he can win thanks to his “ability”.

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