Most of us want results fast but life can be hectic with work and family etc so our time in the gym should be spent wisely.
Whilst there is no magic pill we can take to lose weight over night, there is a way you can speed up your metabolism and get results faster…… HIIT (High intensity interval training)
A form of interval training, performed in short anaerobic bursts with few rest periods means HIIT is considered to be the most effective cardio exercise that can be performed. HIIT workouts can be adapted to your specific level, whether you are a beginner or an athlete. Here is 5 ways HIIT training can significantly help with Fat Loss.
You burn fat for longer periods of time
Studies have concluded that concluded that subjects who followed an 8-week HIIT program, dropped 2% in body fat compared to the 0% that was dropped by subjects that underwent a continuous steady-state program. The same study also stated that the subject who followed the HIIT program burned almost 100 more calories per day during the 24-hours after each exercise. To conclude the perceived stress placed on your body during HIIT workouts causes a faster metabolism post workout.
You Save Time so work out more often
HIIT means you can perform shorter more effective bursts of training so you no longer have an excuse of not having enough time for exercise. This means that you do not have to spend hours running or walking on the treadmill, instead performing HIIT three times a week maximum for about 14-25 minutes is enough to give you results while drastically improving your general well-being.
Train anywhere anytime
HIIT can be performed anywhere so there is no excuse not to train. HIIT can be performed at home in the garden or at the gym. You do not need loads of fancy equipment, your body is enough work up real sweat.
Preserves Muscle Mass
If you want a lean body that has some definition, then doing continuous steady-state cardio is not going to give you the results you want. HIIT decreases the chances that your body will use your muscles as fuel, therefore preserves your lean mass, something that does not happen if you engage in regular cardio sessions. By conserving your muscles, you will maintain your strength while improving your endurance.
In fact, a Laval University study concluded that in addition to a decrease in body fat after a HIIT training program, the subjects’ muscle fibers had substantial higher markers for fat burning than those in the steady-state exercise group. So remember, being a cardio bunny will help you burn calories but you will always be disappointed at the results as a dip in the scale will mean a decrease in muscle mass not body fat.
Faster Results Than Traditional Cardio
The Stop start ethos during a HIIT workout and short sharp bursts of exercise means you are more likely to push yourself to the maximum thus using way more energy than someone who is running at a constant 10 kmph pace for 30 minutes, therefore you speed up your metabolism. HIIT stimulates the production of your human growth hormone by 450 percent during the 24 hours after you complete your workout. Hence, you burn more calories, shredding the fat much faster and more effectively than traditional cardio. For optimal results, incorporate weight training 3 times a week along with 2-3 HIIT work-outs.
To summarise, HIIT is a fast effective way to keep training varied and get results. Variation of exercises will keep your workouts interesting so you stay motivated and get the summer body you crave!