This Is The Best Exercise To Erase Your Belly Pooch, Says Science

Start planning a goodbye party for your tummy...

Macaela Mackenzie |

Finally, science has uncovered the ultimate exercise to rid us of tummy fat! And it’s not crunches. Everybody and their soon-to-be-very-small tum rejoice!

Want killer abs in 5 minutes? Of course you do (who doesn’t).

In the weight-loss game, not all fat is created equal. And if you’re trying to lose that tummy you just know is hiding a six-pack, stomach fat is a particularly stubborn beast.

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But never fear: a recent study just found that one workout is particularly apt at burning off belly – aka visceral – fat.

Visceral fat is not only a pain in the butt, it’s also extra unhealthy, since it’s located in the abdominal cavity and surrounds several important organs. So, researchers looked into how certain types of training could slim this particular area.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, participants did four workouts a week, relying on various types of exercise. One group did four steady-state cardio and strength workouts, while another group did two steady-state workouts and two high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.

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Turns out HIIT is queen: the HIIT group not only lost more weight overall, they also lost more centimetres along their waistline, showing a significant reduction in visceral fat compared to the group that stuck to the steady-state gym routine. As an added bonus, the HIIT group also saw an increase in cardio respiratory fitness, while the other group did not.

The researchers say the fact that HIIT workouts are short and intense – allowing you to push your bod to the limit – may be why HIIT does such a killer job at incinerating the most unshakable fat.

So HIIT it hard! That six-pack will unveil itself before you know it.

Looking for HIIT workouts you can do at home or at the gym? Try our ‘HIIT The Beach’ workout routine or our ‘5-Minute Fat Blaster Workout‘.

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