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HIIT Back and Burn Fat
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the new way to burn off stubborn body fat. It is especially appealing to time-conscious folks who don’t want to spend hours and hours pounding the roads or trails.
More fat is burned during HIIT workoutsHIIT advocates state that even though the percentage of calories burned at high intensity shifts more towards carbs, the total number of calories burned during high intensity exercise is so much higher that more fat calories are burned than during low-intensity exercise of the same duration.
For example, let’s say you ran for an hour at low intensity, and burned 300 calories, with seventy percent of them from fat. You have burned 210 calories of fat.
More fat burned after HIIT workouts
Another benefit of HIIT workouts is what happens to your metabolic rate after you’re done working out. With low-intensity cardio, your metabolic rate may remain slightly elevated for an hour afterwards, but with HIIT it stays significantly elevated for three to four hours afterwards.
What does a HIIT look like in real life?
HIIT advocates recommend that you hit the weights hard and heavy before your cardio, and first thing in the morning before breakfast so that your muscles are in a fasting state so that it doesn’t take long to burn up all the glycogen, or blood sugar, stored in your muscles. Then you do your cardio, and you’re essentially running on empty when it comes to glycogen so your body is forced to burn fat.