Let’s face it, being in shape is hard work. If it was easy, everyone would have a rockin’ bod. Although there is no magic pill or miracle product that wipes away fat, I come bearing good news, my friend; there is one thing you can do to melt away fat faster.
There’s a big misconception that cardio is for weight loss, lifting weights is for weight gain. If you’re a little more advanced in your health and fitness knowledge then you know this isn’t true; if this is the first time you’ve heard this concept, let me explain.
Your metabolism is affected by your body composition. Long story short: the more muscle you have the faster your metabolism. How do you build muscle? By performing weight bearing exercises. Don’t worry ladies, you’re not going to blow up like the hulk. If you’re trying to lose weight and you are only doing cardio, you are doing yourself a disservice. Instead of building muscle to increase metabolism, there’s a good chance you’re actually burning your muscle mass instead (not good).
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying long duration/low intensity cardio is BAD for you, but when it comes to fat loss there are better options. What if I told you there was a way that you could spend less time on your workout and burn more calories? I know, sounds too good to be true. Even better yet, not only will you burn MORE calories, but you will get rid of that stubborn fat faster too.
How is this possible you ask? You can become a fat-burning machine by incorporating HIIT (high intensity interval training) into your workout regimen. Simply put, HIIT is short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by a short rest period, repeated over and over, usually for about 10-15 minutes or up to 30 minutes depending on the exercise. This style of exercise promotes what is known as the “afterburn effect” or EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption).
EPOC is a result of an oxygen deficit created during high intensity workouts. So basically, when you workout at a high intensity, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen and has to make up for it later. Balancing the body’s oxygen levels to a resting state is a recovery process that requires energy (aka calories). For the sake of keeping this simple, I will leave it at that. However, if you are more interested in the scientific explantation of this concept, here is a great article that I think you might like.
So in summary, if you want to burn more calories and get rid of fat faster, incorporate high intensity training into your workouts. This, in combination with proper diet could just be the solution you were looking for.
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