This Is The Best Exercise To Lose Your Belly, Says Science
In the weight loss game, not all fat is created equal. And if you're trying to lose that belly you just know is hiding a six-pack, stomach fat is a particularly stubborn beast.
But never fear: A study found that one workout is particularly adept at burning off belly—aka visceral—fat.
Visceral fat is not only a pain in the butt, it's also extra unhealthy, since it's located in the abdominal cavity and surrounds several important organs. So researchers looked into how certain types of training could slim this particular area.
In the study, which was published in theJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, participants did four workouts a week, doing various types of exercise. One group did four steady-state cardio and strength workouts, while another group did two steady-state workouts and two high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.
Turns out HIIT is queen: The HIIT group not only lost more weight overall, they also lost more inches from their waistline, showing a significant reduction in visceral fat, compared with the group that stuck to the steady-state gym routine. As a bonus, the HIIT group saw an increase in cardio-respiratory fitness, while the other group did not.
The researchers say the fact that HIIT workouts are short and intense—allowing you to push your bod to the limit—may be why HIIT does such a killer job at incinerating the most unshakable fat.
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