Get on your bike for fat loss
Just three, 20-minute sessions a week of interval sprint training on a stationary bicycle has proved to be a quick, effective way to reduce visceral fat and to trim centimetres off the waist, University of NSW exercise scientists report.
Bursts of sprint pedalling for eight seconds, followed by at-ease pedalling for 12 seconds, shifted 3.5cm from the waists of overweight men in six weeks, said study leader Stephen Boutcher, from the university's department of Pharmacology and Medicine.
Associate Professor Boutcher and colleagues, who have worked for years to develop the most time-efficient way to exercise for maximal health benefits think the interval training works by confusing the body into releasing high levels of hormones needed to meet the metabolic needs of the sprinting effort - effectively tricking it into becoming very inefficient and burning up lots of fat. more...
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"Sprints are a very time-efficient form of exercise," Professor Boutcher said.
"We think the sprints are working very quickly to reduce visceral fat, probably within six weeks."
Alison Batcheler reports WestAustralian.com.au