Before I tell you about HIIT Training, let me share a short story with you … I've got a friend who I am in constant debate with. He truly believes that the secret to losing weight is all about running long distances. I can provide him with contradictory evidence, research, real life proof of High Intensity Interval Training's effectiveness, it really does not matter, he will never change his mind about this.
The problem is that he is not alone. In fact, he's in the massive majority. If you ever need to prove this, go and have a look at your local gym at around 6 pm. Multi-colored exercisers replicated on the treadmill, all going nowhere at around the same speed.
Now do not get me wrong, doing any kind of exercise is fantastic, but here's the problem, if your goal is losing weight, aerobic training just does not work …
Ok, that's a lie, it does work. It just does not work that well. In fact out of all the weapons you have for losing fat, it's the least effective.
But how can this be? When you finish running on the treadmill it always tells you how many calories you burn during your run? Exercise is tiring; surely we must be losing fat? Well unfortunately not, research suggests that after aerobic exercise our fat burning capacity is actually lowered, resulting in an almost negligible amount of fat lost. And the scary addition to this is that the more aerobic workouts we do, the more resistance our body will have to losing any fat.
So if aerobic training is the pea shooter of weight loss, let me introduce you to the cannon.
High Intensity Interval Training has completely the opposite effect on our bodies. High Intensity Interval Training workouts turn your body to 'fat burning' mode and that can last for up to 48 hours after the exercise. Not only does it burn the fat very soon after your workout, but it also facilitates change in your body system to burn fat much more efficiently 'all of the time'. As your muscles begin to require more energy, the body sends fat to the muscles for use rather than storing it in your belly or thighs. An increased frequency of High Intensity Interval Training can result in your body waiting to do this more.
HIIT Training can be quite difficult but if you are serious about losing fat this is the number one way to do it. If you have used a treadmill to no avail, you may want to try this. Begin slowly and use a few weeks to gradually increase the intensity and you will see your body improve dramatically.