High Intensity Interval Training is the key to unlocking the body you desire. There are no shortcuts to losing weight if you want to do it the right way. Though, being overweight is unhealthy, falling for one of the thousands of fad diets out there can be just as detrimental to your health. Follow these 10 tips to make sure you shed the fat as fast as possible while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Exercise kicks your body into an anabolic (fat burning) state, so you actually get the benefits of exercise while not doing any. This is what makes HIIT (high intensity interval training) so important and helps give you amazing fitness results. If you have been trying to recover from a weight loss plateau, High Intensity Interval Training could be just what you need to kick your body back into weight loss mode.
- Ignore the number on your scale. The point of the HIIT routine is to encourage your body to release water weight and fat and to increase muscle bulk. Muscle is heavier than fat tissue, so prepare to see your scale fail to show the internal changes from HIIT.
- Be prepared to join a gym, or bring the equipment you need into your home. If you don’t have time for a gym membership, a set of dumbbells, an exercise bench and/or a treadmill can be your best exercise friend. If you have access to a van, large equipment can be purchased used at Craig’s List. A heart rate monitor is fairly inexpensive, and an important piece of equipment.
- Interval training requires you to push yourself to your limits. The workouts are short, but you must push yourself to see the results. No slacking, it‘s only 20 minutes or so, GIVE IT YOUR ALL.
- You need rest. Only start out doing your interval training every other day and 4 times a week max. As the workout gets easier, increase your speed and duration. You need to understand that your muscles grow when you are resting. The workouts are the spark to get your muscles to grow; they actually do the growing after the workout is over. Overtraining will actually slow down your results.
- Always stretch before and after your workouts. Stretching will help your muscles recover and keep you from getting injured. You must stretch.
- Drink plenty of water. Water is key to removing toxins from your body, and it actually helps burn fat by making sure your liver is functioning to its full potential. I want you to have a bottle of water in your hand every hour you are awake. The other benefit of water is that it helps you feel less hungry. I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking plenty of water all day long.
- Eat enough. You must eat simple sugars and protein after workouts to keep your strength up. Sufficient glucose in the blood keeps your muscles from cannibalizing themselves, and keeps your body in an anabolic (fat-burning) state all day. Underfeeding yourself is a big mistake, so just don’t do it because you will send your metabolism into starvation mode, and you’ll actually lose less weight than if you kept yourself well fed.
- Take your supplements after HIIT. Make sure you drink your protein supplement and eat a piece of fruit after your workouts. The two main recommended supplements are creatine monohydrate and whey protein powder.
- To be on the safe side, be sure to consult with your doctor before starting the HIIT exercise program.
This guest post is by Craig Audley, a full time blogger. Craig blogs on a number of topics mainly in the health and wellness niche. If you would like to read more article similar to the one above you might like to visit http://www.palomanetworks.com