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Why Interval Training is Best for Weight Loss

Why Interval Training is Best for Weight Loss
Interval training is one of the best fat burning exercises that you can do for weight loss, and it can significantly accelerate the rate of your weight loss more than other types of exercises. Interval training works well for weight loss for several medical reasons. It spikes your production of human growth hormone, which in turn helps your muscles grow after a strenuous workout. Interval training is a preferred method of exercise for those who can manage it, and it's been proven to be significantly more effective than other types both for weight loss and to improve muscle growth as much as possible.

It is proven to burn more fat

With the ability to burn more fat than other types of exercises, it's the perfect weight loss exercise. Interval training can take your body's natural ability to burn fat to a much higher level. Those who have a higher fat mass will often lose weight at a faster rate than others through high intensity interval training. The short bursts of sprinting or high intensity exercise that characterize high intensity interval training, followed by a period of rest is what triggers the weight loss. By slowing down the exercise between periods of high intensity, it allows the exercises the opportunity to rest, rather than performing long duration exercises at a moderate intensity. The end result is that more fat is burned with this type of exercise, and many types of high intensity workouts provide better benefits than longer workouts.

A study published in the 2011 "€œJournal of Obesity"€ performed at the University of Guelph found that women who performed high intensity interval training on stationary bikes burned 36 percent more fat than those who were on the bikes cycling at a constant rate. The study found that high intensity interval training was better at burning the more resilient type of fat that can often be difficult to lose with other exercises, like stomach fat or thigh fat. This is a major plus for people who have struggled with losing stubborn fat, and this type of exercise can be very effective at getting rid of that fat along with dieting which is much more important for staying healthy.

It's difficult to exercise for a long period of time

You can choose to work out for a long period of time or to work out harder for a shorter period of time. The studies have shown that working out hard for a shorter period of time is far more effective both for weight loss, calorie expenditure, and muscle gain. By exercising for a shorter period of time with high intensity interval training you're not only saving time but you're actually increasing your energy expenditure for a longer period of time. It's much more effective than jogging for a long period of time or doing any other type of cardiovascular workout for an extended time. With high intensity interval training you won't have to work out as hard and you'll get great results no matter what your fitness goals are.

Because it's a more efficient exercise it can help you stay motivated to work out, especially if your schedule is limited. With any type of exercise for weight loss it's essential to be consistent with your effort, and it's often easier to do that with high intensity interval training. The important thing is to train yourself steadily and not jump right into it, but with the proper preparation you can start to scale up the intensity of your workouts. A lot of people neglect working out because they don't have the time, but HIIT really solves the problem because most of the workouts can be completed in about 20 minutes or so.

Interval training boosts your HGH production

One of the main reasons why high intensity interval training is so effective for weight loss is the fact that it boosts your HGH production significantly. Following an interval workout, your HGH levels go up by 450 percent, which is significantly higher than most other types of exercises. The increase in HGH production can continue on for several hours afterward, and for some people the higher HGH levels last

Scale it up gradually

Remember that high intensity interval training involves exercising as hard as you can for a period of time followed by a resting period, so you'll need to scale it up gradually, even if you have a good fitness background. Don't just jump right into high intensity interval training without having a foundation in it and make sure that you get a clearance from your medical provider. There are plenty of good online workout plans that you can find that are designed to scale up based on the difficulty of your particular workout. It's easier to do it this way rather than trying to force it, and it's also safer for you as well. You can start with a shorter duration workout that is around 8 to 10 minutes in length and increase the duration over time as you become more conditioned.

Don't neglect your diet

Also make sure that you don't neglect your diet; following a proper diet is essential to weight loss even if you have a great high intensity interval training workout plan. Be careful about this because it can be easy to neglect dieting when you're on a good workout plan, and you might be tempted to eat more than you usually do but make sure that you are supplying your body with healthy food sources. If you have a lot of weight to lose, the HCG diet can be helpful in getting you in shape before you start training, and it can make your exercises a lot easier if you've found that you have struggled with exercising in the past due to your weight.

Don't train too much

Too much of anything is never good, and you don't want to overdo interval training when you are trying to lose weight or for any other reason. The best thing is to space out your interval training so that you can maintain it on a consistent basis. You can meet with a personal trainer to get a good idea on how often you should be performing interval training, but most people should limit their interval workouts to three to four times per week rather than trying to exercise multiple days each week. This will help you avoid overexertion and allow your body the time it needs to recover in between workouts. You'll also get better results that way and you'll still lose weight and gain muscle.

Although interval training can go a long way in helping you get fit and lose weight, it's essential that you continue to control your diet. With a healthy diet you will lose the maximum amount of weight and it can make a major difference in the speed that you lose weight. The HCG diet is one of the most effective weight loss diets and it can help you start losing weight today. For more information about the HCG diet, or to ask any questions that you may have, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today for more information.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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