H.I.I.T. For Fat Loss
There are many reasons people train… for aesthetics, for medical reasons, to be sociable, or so they don’t feel guilty when they eat that extra biscuit. One of the top reasons that people train is to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. With that in mind, what is the best style of training for fat loss?
What Are The Best Types Of Training For Fat Loss?
Now don’t get me wrong. Obviously, anything is better than nothing, and you’ll constantly be lapping anyone sitting on the sofa! But if your specific goal is to drop a few pounds, you surely want to get the best bang for your buck as far as the fat burn is concerned…
The Fat Loss Basics
There are, of course, some facts that will aid in fat loss. A healthy, balanced diet will ensure that you’re not putting on any unnecessary weight. Keeping well hydrated will prevent you from confusing your thirst for hunger and eating when you don’t need it. Cardiovascular training burns calories whilst you are training. In contrast, weight training increases your muscle mass, and this will help you burn calories throughout the day. But training techniques themselves can be a minefield, and there are so many to choose from it is challenging to know which one will be the most effective.
Shed Fat Fast!
Of course, genetics can come into play to a certain extent. But when it comes to really annihilating that fat, there does seem to be a clear winner…
High Intensity Interval Training or H.I.I.T. Training is a form of cardiovascular exercise that involves working at 80-100% of your maximum heart rate for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Your rest period should be no longer than your training period and can shorten as you become fitter.
The Benefits of HIIT
So what are the benefits of this style of training?
Well, for one thing, it is fantastic for those people who are limited on time and want to cram every ounce of fat burn into a short session. Not including your warm-up, a typical H.I.I.T. session would not last any longer than 20 minutes! So you can have your workout done and be back home before your Bootcamp U.K. instructor can say, “give me more burpees!!”
HIIT and EPOC
H.I.I.T. training has also been shown to lead to greater Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (E.P.O.C.) than continuous exercise. This means that after you have finished exercising, your body will continue to burn calories at a higher rate than usual. So you are effectively continuing to benefit from the effects of your session even after the session is finished.
Improve Your VO2 Max
H.I.I.T. training is also a fantastic way of improving your VO2 max. This is the amount of oxygen you can utilise during exercise and a measure of how fit you are. Those with a higher VO2 max tend to have a lower risk of death than their peers. Suppose a H.I.I.T. training session is followed with the correct duration and intensity. In that case, it is undoubtedly a time-efficient way of improving your fitness levels.
Downside To HIIT
If there is a downside, it’ll be that you may pick up injuries because of the high-intensity nature of HIIT. Problems may occur if the same movements are used during workouts without adequate rest in between. The answer to this is to listen to your body, and where required, mix up the exercises you include in your HIIT workouts.
Mix Up Your Workouts
Naturally, even when looking to specifically fat burn, it is always good to mix up your training. The variety can help to maintain motivation and keep your workouts interesting. However, if H.I.I.T. isn’t something you have tried yet, or it’s not something you often do, make sure to throw it into the mix. Enjoy all the benefits of fat burning, E.P.O.C. increasing, VO2 max improving loveliness crammed into a time-efficient session!!!