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How can high-intensity exercise increase fat burning?

You can quickly crank up your fat-burning furnace if you follow a simple plan. Whatever you do for exercise -- walk, run, bike -- just throw in a few short spurts of high-intensity effort. It could boost your fat-burn rate by 36% in a couple of weeks!

Although sustained, moderate exercise does have its fat-burning benefits, new research suggests interval training may be best. When moderately active women did a 60-minute cycling workout -- but instead of pedaling the whole time, they did four-minute bursts of high-speed pedaling followed by two-minute rests -- they bumped up the fat-burning power of their workouts significantly, after just 14 days.

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