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Obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two related growing epidemics that are becoming pressing public health concerns. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a promising cost-effective and time-efficient exercise modality for managing obesity and NAFLD. However, patients with obesity and NAFLD are generally inactive and unfit, and might feel intimidated by the frequency of the prescribed HIIT (conventionally three times weekly). Previous HIIT studies, mostly over 2-4 month periods, showed that the participants could accomplish this exercise frequency under a controlled laboratory environment, but the long-term adherence and sustainability, especially in a field setting, remains uncertain. The situation is more unclear if we also consider those individuals who refused to participate possibly because of their overwhelming perceptions or low self-efficacy toward HIIT. Thus, logically, HIIT at a lower frequency would be practical and more suitable for patients with obesity and NAFLD, but the minimum exercise frequency required to improve health, especially in the long-term, is unknown. This proposed study aims to examine the effectiveness of long-term low-frequency HIIT for improving body adiposity and liver fat in centrally obese adults. The premise of this proposal is supported by recent findings that HIIT performed once every 5-7 days could improve cardiorespiratory fitness, blood pressure, cardiac morphology, metabolic capacity, muscle power, and lean mass. This study will provide evidence for the benefits of long-term low-frequency HIIT with a follow-up period to assess its effectiveness, safety, adherence, and sustainability. We expect this intervention will enhance the practical suitability of HIIT in inactive obese adults and will provide evidence for low-frequency HIIT as a new exercise option in the management of obesity and NAFLD.

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NCT number NCT03912272
Study type Interventional
Source The University of Hong Kong
Phone 97561053
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 1, 2019
Completion date January 1, 2023

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