Pedaling Faster Burns Fat Faster
The faster you pedal a bike, the more belly fat you burn. That’s the assertion of Australian scientists who assigned 46 sedentary 20-something men to either an exercise or a control group. Those in the exercise group did 20-minute routines, 3 times a week, in which they sprinted on a stationary bike for 8 seconds, then rested for 12 seconds. After 12 weeks, the sprinters lost an average of 4 pounds of body fat while adding 2.6 pounds of muscle. Wait, there’s more: the sprinters saw a 17 percent reduction in belly fat. Men in the control group, on the other hand, gained weight and increased waist circumference.The research was reported in the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, and in the Journal of Obesity.