The effects of high-intensity intermittent exercise training on fat loss and fasting insulin levels of young women. International Journal of Obesity, 32(4), 684-691

Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
International journal of obesity (2005) (Impact Factor: 5). 04/2008; 32(4):684-91. DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803781
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To determine the effects of a 15-week high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) program on subcutaneous and trunk fat and insulin resistance of young women.
Subjects were randomly assigned to one of the three groups: HIIE (n=15), steady-state exercise (SSE; n=15) or control (CONT; n=15). HIIE and SSE groups underwent a 15-week exercise intervention.
Forty-five women with a mean BMI of 23.2+/-2.0 kg m(-2) and age of 20.2+/-2.0 years.
Both exercise groups demonstrated a significant improvement (P<0.05) in cardiovascular fitness. However, only the HIIE group had a significant reduction in total body mass (TBM), fat mass (FM), trunk fat and fasting plasma insulin levels. There was significant fat loss (P<0.05) in legs compared to arms in the HIIE group only. Lean compared to overweight women lost less fat after HIIE. Decreases in leptin concentrations were negatively correlated with increases in VO(2peak) (r=-0.57, P<0.05) and positively correlated with decreases in TBM (r=0.47; P<0.0001). There was no significant change in adiponectin levels after training.
HIIE three times per week for 15 weeks compared to the same frequency of SSE exercise was associated with significant reductions in total body fat, subcutaneous leg and trunk fat, and insulin resistance in young women.

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    • "This finding contradicts the general pattern of findings in the literature, in which HIIT is shown to be more effective for reducing total body mass as well as percentages of android fat (Boutcher 2011). One potential source of this disparity could be the difference in HIIT and ET protocols used this study compared to previous research, as our moderate ET was more intense (~75 % V V O 2max ) than the steady-state exercise protocols previously used (60 % VO 2max ) (Trapp et al. 2008). Another potential factor is altered dietary habits of the participants Although the participants were instructed to maintain their normal diets and none reported any notable dietary changes over the course of the study, diet was self-reported and not controlled directly by the researchers. "
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    • "It is also well known, that resistance training may improve the muscle insulin sensitivity and β-cell function in obese patients (Croymans et al. 2013). HIIE three times per week for 15 weeks compared to the same frequency of steady-state exercise was associated with significant reductions in total body fat, subcutaneous leg and trunk fat, and insulin resistance in young women (Trapp et al. 2008). A 35% rise in glucagon concentration was positively correlated with the exercise intensity increase (Galbo et al. 1975). "
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    • "Furthermore, we demonstrated that EPOC is significantly greater following 10 min of REHIT compared to 30 min of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. These findings are of importance as several previous studies have observed reductions in fat mass following HIT with some evidence for superior reductions compared with traditional aerobic training (Whyte et al. 2010; Gillen et al. 2013; Heydari et al. 2012; Trapp et al. 2008). Since direct exercise energy expenditure is much lower with HIT compared with aerobic exercise, the (potentially superior) reductions in fat mass following HIT have been hypothesised to be a result of either an increase in energy expenditure through a more prolonged EPOC and/or a reduction in energy intake through suppression of appetite (Boutcher 2011). "
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