When it comes to reversing the obesity trend, experts have a number of different methods for how to best do so. Some believe it's improving school nutrition, others boosting education, and some say increasing access to walking trails can help. But new research announced at the recent National Obesity Summit in Montreal has found that a simple mix of interval training and a healthy eating plan results in substantial weight loss and health gains.
Sixty-two participants in the nine-month program committed to take part in two or three weekly supervised interval-training sessions of 60 minutes each. Subjects also attended five individual meetings and two group meetings with a dietitian where they learned the basics of a Mediterranean diet. By the end of the program, the average participant lost almost 6 percent of his or her body mass, reduced waist circumference by 5 percent and had a 7 percent decrease in bad LDL cholesterol, as well as an 8 percent increase in good HDL cholesterol.
Researchers say that when compared to moderate-intensity continuous training, interval training is more effective and — as the weeks went by — was actually enjoyed by the participants. Preaching to the choir here!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.