High intensity training or HIT, often referred to as HIIT which actually stands for High Intensity Interval Training has been presented as some kind of magic bullet for fat loss in recent years. I mean, I was even taught this when I first did my level 3 personal trainer diploma. The main reason we are told that HIIT burns more fat than other forms of exercise is because of something called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption or EPOC for short. This is often referred to in more simple terms as ‘the afterburn effect’. The theory being that after a bout of very high intensity exercise you burn more Calories while you recover. Some sourced have claimed that you could burn an extra 1,000kcals over 24-hours. This is completely false. Let me explain more.
Below is a video outlining the program for you to follow. I decided to write this short blog to accompany the video to make the whole thing clearer for you. Let me just clarify a few things first.
OK, maybe LOVE is overstating it, I mean, I love eating food and if the training wheels were off and no consequences could be had I would almost certainly eat continuously for about 15 hours per day (subtract 8 hours for sleep and one hour for swinging some kettlebells) so I definitely love that more, but there's nothing like a bit of clickbait in a blog title. It seems, however, that this is most people’s problem. They have no control, they eat more than they need and they get fat and sick as a result.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for them, but despite that too few people do much of it with any real consistency. Beyond walking to the fridge and back or angrily hammering the keypad on their mobile phone while taking part in some kind of pointless argument on social media. But the health benefits of exercise are incredible, to the point that it really ought to be a prescribed by doctors as a first line of defence against almost all forms of chronic illness.
I’m a nutrition coach and it never ceases to amaze me how little people understand energy balance. I have explained this in some previous blogs like this one (HERE) or this one (HERE). I have also done numerous videos on this topic, one of which you can see lower down this article. So, to help you stop pissing in the wind here is a brief introduction to how Calories work and how to estimate and track your Calories.