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The Ultimate Fat-Burner

Too busy to exercise? How about fitting in just 20 min of hard work, two to four times a week? Studies show you’ll see real gains – whatever your age and ability



HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING sounds hard, right? Well, it is - and that’s the point. But the silver lining is it’s proven to burn fat, improve fitness and muscle tone, and stave off health issues such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And, bonus, it’s over in the blink of an eye… almost.

So what is this auspicious workout - and how does it work? Put simply, high intensity interval training (HiiT) is a series of exercises performed with as much energy as you can muster for 20-40 second bursts, broken up with short recovery breaks. ‘It’s basically a means of getting a whole lot of exercise done fast,’ says Instagram sensation and advocate of HiiT Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach). ‘It’s one of the most effective training methods for burning fat.’

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This month our experts and dietitians report on research that shows better sleep aids weight loss (and share diet tips for quality slumber), reveal what they feed their own kids, and give advice on spotting the signs of bowel cancer. We also investigate claims that the 8–week Blood Sugar diet can reverse type 2 diabetes, plus dish up a host of healthier spring eats…