High Intensity Interval Training Exercise Most Beneficial for Weight Loss, Diabetes

 A study from the United Kingdom’s  University of Leicester has found that  exercise which uses brief intervals of  very vigorous activity with  relative rest in between, is more effective for treating obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, compared to longer continuous exercise.
Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are closely linked. Between  80 and 90 per cent of people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes are overweight or obese. Instructions in both diet and physical activity are essential parts of the management of both conditions. 

The findings of this study , a meta-analysis which uses data from many other studies, may play a role in improving current exercise recommendations. Published in the journal Obesity Reviews, this study is entitled, “The effects of high-intensity interval training on glucose regulation and insulin resistance.” Current  guidelines for weight loss tell us that 200 to 300 minutes of exercise per week is needed for long term weight reduction results.  But it is well known that only 5% of the populaiton is actually disciplined enough to take the time to do that amount of exercise.

The authors of this study propose that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a better  “time-efficient exercise intervention…”  Author Charlotte Jelleyman says,  “This study involved a meta-analysis of experimental research, allowing us to pull together evidence and establish cause and effect. We have demonstrated that HIIT conveys benefits to cardiometabolic health which in the cases of insulin resistance and aerobic fitness may be superior to the effect of traditional continuous training.

“HIIT may therefore be suitable as an alternative to continuous exercise training in the promotion of metabolic health and weight loss, particularly in those with Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. ”


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