If you’re body isn’t bouncing back and tolerating those beer and snack-laden nights like it used to, you probably want to know how to get rid of belly fat in the fastest, most efficient way possible.
You’ve heard that “spot reduction” is impossible, and no matter how many crunches or ab exercises you do, you can’t target a specific area for fat loss. Until now, most people saw the process as an all or none approach.
But, a new study from a highly respected Australian researcher says that there is, indeed, a type of exercise that can target your beer gut specifically. What is this secret fat-seeking workout?
Banish Body Fat with HIIT
HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training. Now, the important thing to remember is this: Yes, it is exciting that HIIT has been shown to precisely target your belly flab, but, by no means, is it a magic pill or easy. It’s called high intensity for a reason!
Let’s look at the study, then you’ll learn exactly how to perform HIIT at the end of this article.
In the study, two groups performed an assigned cardio routine for 15 weeks. Half of the participants did interval training for 20 minutes, three times per week, and the other half did a more traditional slow cardio routine for 40 minutes, three times per week.
The results were simple and conclusive: The HIIT group consistently lost belly fat, while practically everyone in the slow cardio group saw no results at all.
Why Does HIIT Burn Belly Fat?
Professor Steve Boucher, co-author of the Australian study, says it may have something to do with hormones called catecholamines. He found increased production of these fat-burning hormones after high intensity interval training, but not after slow cardio.
Luckily for you (and your ever-increasing waistline), belly fat contains lots of catecholamine receptors just waiting for you to send some their way.
So, of course, now that you know what to do, you need to know how to do it. Here is an introduction to HIIT, as well as several example routines and sample workouts.