20 Minutes of Bike Sprints Cuts Fat Fast
A recent study from the University of New South Wales confirms what we already know- bike riding is great for cutting those unwanted kilos fast.
Remember this combo: 20 minutes of bike sprinting, three times a week. That’s the secret to losing body fat efficiently. Researchers from the University of New South Wales have found that men who follow this program lose fat at the same rate as men who jog for seven hours a week. The study found that, on average, men lost 17 per cent of visceral fat, two kilos of body fat and 3.5 centimetres off their waists at the end of a 1-week program and women lost 2.5 kilos of body fat and 3.5 centimetres off their waist after 15 weeks.
In each session, participants sprinted for eight sessions then recovered for 12 seconds. They repeated this for 20 minutes, warmed up for an extra five minutes at the start and cooled down for another five minutes at the end.
Associate professor Steve Boutcher, who led the study, says the fast movement of the legs boosts the body’s number of fat burning hormones, catocholamines.
Reposted from The Sunday Mail, Body+Soul July 22, 2012