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Is working out 30 minutes a day enough to lose weight?

Is working out 30 minutes a day enough to lose weight?

Too much fat and not enough time? Good news – a spare half hour a day is all you need to shed the spare tyre.

In fact, researchers found that, in terms of weight-loss, a 30-minute workout can actually beat the pants off a 60-minute workout.

We know being overweight is bad for our health. But if it only takes 30 minutes a day to sort, let’s Hussle!


Scientists from the University of Copenhagen followed 60 moderately overweight men who wanted to lose weight. One group did 60 minutes of hard aerobic exercise – like cycling or running – a day. The other group did similar exercise for 30 minutes.


13 weeks later and the results were in. Those who exercised 30 minutes a day lost on average 2 pounds more than the 60-minute group. Pretty unexpected.

Even more bizarrely, the 30-minute group burned more calories than they should have according to their exercise program. And the 60-minute group burned less calories than you’d expect from their workout program.

The extra 30 minutes of exercise? Apparently not needed! (in terms of weight loss).



It’s almost too good to be true isn’t it?

Part of the explanation might be that people found 30 minutes more doable than 60 minutes. Which meant they were more motivated and put in more effort.

It’s also likely that the 60-minute group subsequently ate more to compensate for their longer workout. Long workouts definitely give you the munchies.


30 minutes does the trick! Yet again, shorter tougher workouts seem to be the answer. Great news for busy people who like to Hussle their workouts and want to drop some pounds.    

Also, shorter workouts may leave you with more energy to be physically active for the rest of the day too. Don’t forget there’s plenty of calories to be burned via NEAT

Photo by Clique Images on Unsplash

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Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.