A new study has found that interval training combined with healthy eating practices can be beneficial for those suffering from obesity.
Within the framework of this study, researchers analyzed the track record of 62 participants in Kilo-Actif, a 9-month program intended for obesity sufferers that focuses on weight loss and maintenance. The study showed significant improvements in participants' body mass, waist circumference, body mass index and effort capacity.
The results are especially encouraging because on average participants lost 5.5 pc of their body mass, reduced their waist circumference by 5.15 percent and increased their effort capacity by 15 percent. Beyond weight loss, participants also saw a 7 percent decrease in bad cholesterol (LDL) as well as an 8 percent increase in good cholesterol (HDL).
"It has been clearly demonstrated that obesity increases the risk of health problems, particularly of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension and certain types of cancer," explained Dr. Martin Juneau, Director of Prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute and Director of PIC Centre.
"A program like Kilo-Actif, which combines interval training with healthy eating, is therefore perfectly indicated because we know that a decrease in body mass can lower the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease," added Juneau.
Results of the study were announced at the National Obesity Summit, currently taking place in Montreal.