Probably the most significant, if not the most startling, study completed comparing steady-state training to interval training for fat loss was done by Tremblay et al in 1994. This study was similar in design to the study I referenced earlier and even goes a step further. They took two groups, having one complete 20 weeks of endurance (steady-state) training and the other complete 15 weeks of interval-style training. When all was said and done, the endurance group burned 28,661 calories via exercise while the interval group burned 13,614. That's right: The interval group burned less than half as many total calories. The researchers then adjusted for the difference in the energy cost of training and found that the interval groups lost 900 percent more subcutaneous fat than the endurance group-nine times the amount of fat.
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