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HIIT vs. LIAT for fat loss

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2015

High intensity interval training vs. low intensity aerobic training for fat loss

People trying to lose fat face the dilemma of which form of exercise is best to achieve a better body composition.


Contrary to popular belief, low intensity aerobic training, which is so often used as a fat loss exercise regime, may not be as effective at achieving this goal. In a study (see link below) specifically aimed at determining the relative fat loss potential of different types of activity, it was found that high intensity exercise training was significantly more effective at reducing total abdominal fat, and subcutaneous abdominal fat, than low intensity exercise training.

Effect of exercise training intensity on abdominal visceral fat and body composition