LONDON – Researchers in the UK have concluded that interval training is a far better option to lose weight than a continuous intense moderate workout. Most physicians recommend obese people to workout about one hour on a daily basis to lose extra weight of their body. But some researchers claim that it is possible to ensure losing weight by doing interval training daily.
Interval training describes the intermittent intense effort, with a time span of recovery periods. It is of two types namely, High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT for short and Sprint interval training. Under HIIT, a variety of exercises are included and in the Sprint interval training, physical activities such as jogging, running, speed walking and cycling are included.
In order to prove their point, researchers collected the data for thematic analysis from 41 studies which involved 1155 people. The inference they drew from the data was that both interval training and continuous intense moderate workout result in weight loss. Both the exercise type showed the same reduction in the permanent body fat but there was a significant difference in the amount of weight loss due to both exercise types. Intense interval training resulted in the loss of more weight than the case of a continuous intense workout routine. According to results in the study, there was 28.5 percent more reduction in the weight with interval training.
“It is important to be aware of the possible risks and caveats associated with higher intensity training,” the researchers point out. “For example, it might increase the risk of injury and impose higher cardiovascular stress. Adherence should also be examined as higher intensity protocols can result in higher discomfort.”
However, the researchers cautioned that before enrolling oneself in any intense workout training that it is not possible to recommend that a particular protocol is best for ensuring weight loss.