Short bursts of intense exercise 'better for weight loss'

Bursts of high intensity interval training (HIIT) may be more effective for weight loss than longer less intense workouts, a study suggests.

The research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed results from 36 earlier studies.

Although all the participants lost weight, those doing HIIT saw a 28.5% greater weight loss.

The researchers cautioned that HIIT may not be suitable for everyone.

"Hiit might increase the risk of injury and impose higher cardiovascular stress," they said.

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