Burn 3 times more fat than ever AND off your butt! I told you so.

This is pretty exciting weight loss news! It turns out, after all these years and posts, that I was right and a new form of high intensity cardio has been scientifically proven to burn three times as much fat than other exercise. I told you this high intensity stuff was worth it!

What is the new weight loss exercise?

A long time ago I read about a weight loss workout where you sprint for eight seconds and then do a low intensity segment for twelve seconds. You continue this for 20 minutes in total.

Well, it seems that this old weight loss workout was the best news since sliced bread – scientists have proven that you can burn up to three times as much fat using this workout.

But the news gets better!

It turns out that the scientists now believe you can SPOT REDUCE using this form of exercise. Yep, that’s right, spot reduce! I was a little curious when they said those magic words but I will give them the benefit of the doubt because the research seems to be legit.

It seems that by using this weight loss method you can actually burn more fat off of your butt and legs than normal running or biking. The test was done using an exercise bike.

Clare Masters over at the Daily Telegraph Newspaper writes:

“They found their specific brand of interval training prompts the body to click into a metabolic response that allows more fat to be burned under the skin and within the muscles.

Researchers at the University of NSW and the Garvan Institute studied 45 overweight women over 15 weeks, putting them through a 20 minute cycling regime in which they sprinted on a stationary bike for eight seconds followed by 12 seconds of cycling lightly.

“They lost three times more weight as other women who exercised at a continuous, regular pace for 40 minutes,” UNSW Associate Professor Steve Boutcher said.”

This is really good news for anyone who has been struggling with their normal weight loss workout. I imagine many people will start this right away because not only does it claim to burn more fat, it actually looks like a really good fitness workout.

What does everyone think about the spot reducing claims? I’d love to hear some opinions on this.

About Katie

Katie has transformed her body from a flabby 186lbs, to a fit & toned 124 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Katie joined the Lean Curves team in 2007 and has posted hundreds of articles on fitness, fat loss and healthy eating.


  1. billie says:

    hmmm… spot reduce?

  2. RT says:

    Yeah, I know what you mean billie. I’m still not too sure. But, I’m gonna test it out and see what happens. Perhaps I’ll document a two week trial here on the site.

  3. Sally_P says:

    That is a great idea RT! I would love to see some posts like that.

  4. jayne says:

    i think i’ll try it once or twice a week along with doing a minor squat routine and bike/tredmill/stepper at the gym.

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