Meta-analysis determines which exercise is best for fat loss

The results contradict guidelines, say the authors

High-intensity interval training performed three times a week is the best way to reduce whole-body-fat mass, including abdominal and visceral fat, according to a meta-analysis of 39 studies.

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The findings support a body of evidence that suggests high-intensity interval training — which usually involves several cycles of four minutes of intense exercise followed by three minutes of recovery — leads to greater overall fat loss compared with other forms of exercise.

The French researchers found the beneficial effects of a three-month,