A compiled study on the fat-burning effectivity of exercises has revealed that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is as effective as much lengthier endurance exercises. In fact, the review also found out that short interval physical activities burn more fat than intense jogging, long walks, and cycling.
Does Interval Training Aid in Reducing Fat?
Countless researches have been undertaken to determine the benefits of HIITs. Interval training – a form of physical activity which involves a few minutes of intense and extraneous workout – is proven to improve aerobic fitness, blood pressure, blood sugar control, and other fitness and health metrics as much as regular endurance exercise do.
However, a lot of people seem to be on the fence on whether it can help in trimming down fats as effectively as regular lengthier exercises. There have been a few studies in the past which aims to compare the fat-burning effects of interval training vs endurance training, but the results of those studies are mostly inconsistent. Also, the researches have a very small sample size and are mostly short-term. Based on this, there is no definitive record that establishes interval training as effective regimens for burning fats.
The Truth About Interval Exercise Revealed
The new review that was undertaken by experts from Brazil and Britain, which can be found in the January issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has successfully concluded that HIITs are indeed effective in reducing body fat level.
The team was able to collect 36 studies that have lasted at least a month. The total sample that they were able to pool totals to 1000, which is a relatively larger size compared to previous individual studies on the same subject. They were able to compare the fat burning effectivity of both endurance training and brief interval exercises. Endurance training average to about 40 min of workout time. While the interval exercises only last a few minutes long.
The most astounding information they were able to find is that interval exercises burn an average of 3.5 lbs of fat, which is a better number compare to the 2.5 lbs average for endurance exercise. While the difference is relatively small to account for a significant change in a real-life setting, the findings are still conclusive.
The study does not intend to discriminate endurance exercises vs interval ones, but rather it aims to present interval training as an alternative regimen for weight control and fat reduction.