Both moderate training and high-intensity interval training can help people to lose fat – that was the conclusion of a major research study Dr James Steele, from Solent University, and an international team of researchers conducted.
They analysed a series of studies comparing the effects of endurance training to those from interval workouts. The moderate-exercise routines used in the studies varied considerably, with some involving walking and others jogging, cycling or swimming. In general, the endurance-style workouts lasted for about 40 minutes.
The interval sessions likewise differed from one study to the next, but most involved intervals lasting for a few minutes at a time, at a pace just below all-out effort. Dr Steele said the findings suggested that people should plan their workouts around their preferences and schedules, rather than choosing an exercise because they believe it well help them lose more fat.
“If you prefer longer yet easier-effort exercise, then go for it,” he says. “If you want to pump it up in a H.I.I.T. session, be my guest.”