Some Trainers Tout HIIT as the Best Way to Burn Belly Fat

Washington Post: Here’s what science says.

Whether you consider a six-pack a goal or a beverage is beside the point when it comes to extra fat at your waistline. Abdominal adiposity — excess stomach fat — is associated with increased mortality risk, regardless of body mass index.

But although the exercise community has long known that it’s impossible to “spot train” to reduce inches anywhere on your body, some trainers have been touting high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as the best way to target stomach fat. The workout, which includes short bursts of intense work followed by short rest periods (think 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off), can take as little as 20 minutes. Before you start alternating burpees and jumping jacks with recovery intervals, however, let’s look more closely at that claim. READ MORE

(Source: Washington Post, 12/15/2020)