Want To Lose Weight? Less Exercise Is More

Think being pressed for time will hold back your weight loss? Think again, says a surprising study by researchers out of the University of Copenhagen. Participants in a 13 week trial who burned 300 calories per gym session lost 40% more weight than those who exercised for 60 minutes a day.

The study followed three groups of young, sedentary men who were overweight. One group started hardcore hour long workouts where they burned 600 calories in each session, while keeping their diets exactly the same. At the end of the 13 week study these participants lost 5 pounds on average. The participants who exercised for 30 minutes a day, burning 300 calories, lost an average of 7 pounds. It doesn?t seem to make mathematical sense, but neither do your hunger habits.

Researchers found that participants in the 600-calorie category were?eating more in each meal and snack. Researchers also speculated that those in the 600-calorie group were more fatigued and so were less likely to be active during the times they were not working out. The 300-calorie group experienced an increase in energy and were more likely to take the stairs, go on walks and errands, and get off the couch on their downtime.

This is great news for those of us who are already pressed for time. The trick to a successful short workout lies in HIIT, high intensity interval training, where you make the most out of your exercise time by working within your target heart rate. To calculate your target heart rate beginners can use the simple equation ?220 ? your age =maximum heart rate? and then aim to work within 60-80% of that number. All you need for HIIT is a heart rate monitor that will track your heart rate and count your number of calories burned. I?m a fan of?Polar heart rate monitors, since they?re easy to wear on your wrist all day, so you can track all the calories you burn during daily activities, such as taking the stairs or parking far away from your building. Those activities will really add up.

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