I first came across this tip while doing a bit of reading on PUBMED and I had to read it over and over again to be sure I was seeing right.
It was a report about a study that was done to assess how intense physical training affects the distribution of abdominal fat, glycemic control and insulin sensitivity in people with NIDDM (aka type 2 diabetes).
The findings were nothing short of eye popping.
This is what happened.
After subjecting the 24 participants to twice weekly intense 45 minute cycling sessions and a once weekly intermittent exercise for 2 months they found after assessing the results using a highly accurate method-umbilical MRI that the participants on average lost 48% of visceral(abdominal) fat and 18% of subcutaneous fat.
They found that the participants lost far more fat from their belly than from the rest of their bodies…by as much as a 30% margin.
This result was also in keeping with findings from other studies that showed that intense, vigorous “anaerobic exercise” causes increased loss of fat from the belly than from the rest of the body.
That vigorous exercise appears to burn fat faster and more selectively from the abdomen.
It was like music to my ears.
As you can probably tell I was as excited as I was surprised.
For two key reasons.
1 The belly fat loss was huge. A whopping 48%, almost half in mere 2 months for exercising not more than 3 times a week. Far more than any other known workout system or regimen I know.
In fact the only thing that is known to cause faster belly fat loss is liposuction which is far riskier to the point of actually killing people…to the point of killing up to 10 people per 100,000. A death rate that is higher than the annual death rate for road traffic accidents.
2 And you should note that before now the accepted belly slimming wisdom was that to burn belly fat you needed to slug away endless hours of cardio (aerobic exercise) and wait for months and months to see results.
Well, this clearly shows that that’s no longer the case. You can lose belly fat at lightening speed, with much less effort and in much less time if you’ll simply switch to more intense intermittent exercise as the study shows.
And you know, you hear a lot about how it is impossible to spot reduce fat from your abdomen.
Especially the dogma that to slim your belly you must slim your entire body too.
Exercising with more intensity should be the answer for you.
And this seems to bear out in real life too.
I think this could be the reason why sprinters for example never seem to have any belly fat. In fact this study promted me to start observing the physical appearances of athletes who engage in intense forms of physical exercise more closely. Cyclists, sprinters, etc and you note very quickly that it’s hard to find any active athlete of an intense sport who has an obviously large amounts of belly fat.
The key to losing belly fat fast has been staring us in the face all along. Hidden in plain sight!.
If you want to melt belly fat faster, the answer is simply to exercise more intensely…more vigorously, regularly.
Now, there are many ways you can do that-you can get on an exercise bike like the people in the study discussed above, go on regular sprints, cycle to work or around the block every other day, play lawn tennis or soccer or the hoops.
But I am convinced that probably the best way to harness the power of intense exercise to slim your belly is to do HIIT-high intensity interval training (exercise that alternates periods of intense movement and slower movements or rest) because apart from being intense as the name suggests and therefore guarantees creating a slimmer belly quicker, HIIT also has a myriad of other benefits…one of which is the fact that you can do it for far less time than the workout they used in the study…say for 20 minutes at a time and still get peak results.
I recently found a very effective belly slimming HIIT workout sequence created by the fitness site-fitness blender.
It is really one of the most effective belly shredding workout sequences I have seen.
It is 20 minutes long and can cause your abs to show in as little as 20 days.
I have embedded the video below, so please enjoy.