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High-intensity interval training won't help overweight people slim down

Written by: QMI AGENCY
May. 14, 2014

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High-intensity interval training has been touted as a quick way to shed extra pounds, but a new study from Australian researchers has found only endurance exercises help people lose weight.

Regular continuous aerobic exercise yields better fat loss results than HIIT workouts for overweight people looking to shed weight and achieve a slimmer waistline, the University of Sydney researchers found.

The researchers did a controlled trial led by exercise physiologists Shelley Keating and Nathan Johnson. Overweight participants did the two different workouts three days a week.

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"High-intensity burst training does deliver important benefits like increased fitness, but it doesn't have a 'fat furnace' effect if you carry weight around the middle," Keating said. "If you're hitting the gym to lose weight and trim your waistline, stick with steady aerobic exercise to shift abdominal fat and (you'll) see better results on the scales."

The study has been published in the Journal of Obesity.

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