When it comes to achieving weight loss results, everyone looks for the easiest and most efficient ways to do so. Skipping meals and working out for hours at a time, while commonly misconstrued as being effective, can actually destroy ones weight loss efforts. Recent studies have shown that the key to weight loss may lie in interval training.
Burn More Calories
Interval training has shown to burn more calories and fat than any other form of exercise. Why is interval training so effective? There are several reasons that explain why. First, high intensity sessions that are as close to anaerobic activity as possible burn more calories than steady cardio sessions. Even if these interval sessions are only a minute long, your body has to work harder to get the body going at those speeds and then has to work harder to bring the heartbeat back down.
Another reason is because the body needs oxygen and calories, which it gets from carbohydrates, fat, and protein during and after working out. However, studies show that you burn even more calories after interval training than would normally be burned doing steady-state aerobic exercise. In fact, some studies suggest that the metabolism works at a higher level all day after interval training, rather than the few hours after a workout as occurs with most other types of cardio.
As someone who’s thinking of using an abdominal toning belt to firm and define your abs and stomach this should be of great interest to yo. Why? Because if you can increase your resting metabolic rate all day then you’ll be burning more calories and in turn belly fat.
Interval to Rest Ratio
Studies show that the key to interval training is to use a 1:3 ratio. Therefore, if you do high intensity sessions for a minute, the recovery period should be three minutes. Recovery sessions should be low impact. For example, if you sprint for a minute, you should jog or walk for three minutes. The high intensity sessions don’t have to be limited to jogging, but can be any type of exercise that leaves you breathless and with a speeding heart rate.
One minute interval training can often times blast fat away from problem areas, such as the abs. If the interval sessions incorporate moves that work the abs simultaneously, such as power squats or jump squats, the chances of melting fat away from the midsection are even higher. Incorporating interval training into daily workouts is a great way to get results faster and improve overall fitness by boosting endurance and stamina.