The traditional wisdom imparted to those wanting to lose weight is to eat little and exercise a lot, but in recent years it has been turned on its head by scientific studies. What you actually need to lose weight in a healthy manner is to eat enough of a balanced diet combined with smart exercise.
In this post I’m going to talk about the exercise side of fat loss, so if you’re interested in the nutritional side of things then please read this article – this article also answers the partial part of how to lose 10 pounds in a week without exercise.
What most people think?
Most people will think of jogging or cycling when they start thinking about exercise and that’s great because they are two great (free) forms of exercise. These are cardio exercises which burn fat as you do them and increases your over fitness as you increase the length of your workouts.
Smart exercising combines cardio exercise with a more intense form of exercise known as high intensity interval training. The combination of both these means that your body will burn far more fat and increase your fitness and strength at the same time. This is an exercise regime which will improve your whole body’s health including the way you look, said ‘Weightalogue’.
So, without further ado let’s get into the details.
It’s quite self-evident that HIIT is all about exercising at a very intense level, more intense than regular cardio exercise which you are likely doing already.
So, what is an intense level? – It’s roughly when your heart beats per minute (BPM) is at 80 to 90 percent of your maximum possible rate. Whereas cardio exercise (less intense and endurance based) is at 70 to 80 percent.
During HIIT workouts your muscles undergo anaerobic exercise because your heart, lungs and blood cannot supply enough oxygen for aerobic exercise. During this process the energy stores in your muscle cells are broken down and used, once those stores are depleted you won’t be able to exercise at that level anymore.
Examples of high intensity exercises include sprinting, sprint cycling and weight lifting. All of these activities are not sustainable for a long period of time.