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High Intensity Interval Training, commonly referred to as HITT cardio is without a doubt the most intense and effective cardio training method available. HITT has been proved through numerous studies to burn more fat then low-intensity and long-duration cardio. You may have heard in the past that doing cardio in your “Fat-Burning” heart rate zone is more effective at burning fat, however HITT has proven itself threw countless tests to burn more fat and have an effect after the cardio session for up to 24 hours!
So what exactly is HITT?
High Intensity Interval Training is a form of training which ranges from moderate intensity to maximum intensity throughout the session. HITT can be done on almost any cardio machine. A sample HITT routine on a treadmill might look something like (1 min jog, 1 min sprint, 1 min jog, 1 min sprint, etc.). HITT Cardio sessions usually last anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Most beginners might not even be able to do 10 minutes and just like in any situation, you must keep training and soon you will be able to complete a 10-20 minute HITT session. If you feel like you can do more than 20 minutes, then you definitely need to evaluate your routine and if needed increase the intensity.
So what if I lose a little muscle… I don’t care!
Yes you do! Because your body requires more energy (calories) in order to maintain muscle then it takes to maintain fat. What I’m saying is that when you lose muscle, you’re not going to be able to eat as much as you could be eating if you kept your muscle. You’re basically slowing down your metabolism when you lose muscle. That is why most people actually put all the weight back on after their diet is over. It’s very common for someone who weighs 140 to go on an extremely low calorie diet and drop to 125 within 2 weeks and then come all the way up to 145 in under a month!
Why is HITT so effective?
Despite the fact that you burn a larger amount of total calories with higher intensity cardio, HITT has another feature which is the real reason why it’s so effective. The metabolic boost which a HITT session gives is the main reason it’s so effective at burning fat. After an intense HITT cardio session you will burn more calories throughout the day because HITT training gives your body a metabolic boost which according to research can last up to 24 hours. The boost you receive from low intensity cardio lasts no more than a few hours max!
Calories burning tip: You can also burn calories by drinking Ice cold water
Drinking ice cold water is a very simple and easy way to burn extra calories every day. Even though there have been no extensive scientific studies done on this topic, there is substantial information backing these claims. The main reason your body burns/uses up calories when you consume ice cold water is because in order to bring the water to room temperature, your body requires energy (calories). It’s really that simple, every glass of water you drink must be heated up to your body’s temperature.
The quantity of calories burned in the process is quite small. Every glass of ice cold water will burn about 8 calories. However, if you drink at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water, you will burn about 65 extra calories daily. Even though that may seem small, it sure adds up quickly.
Jake is fitness trainer and a part time blogger who loves to write on health and fitness topics. He had recently reviewed products from http://buy-steroids.ca, an online website selling performance enhancing products.
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