We all get to that point in our diet when cutting calories more becomes too much of a burden. THAT’S when we like to add in some cardio. Here’s why we suggest HIIT Cardio to be a great option.
High-Intensity Interval training (HIIT) incorporates high intense periods (and we mean INTENSE) of work with short recovery segments, which will keep the intensity up and the pulse going. HIIT is a great way to boost your fat-burning ability.
In several studies it has been shown that the changes that take place in skeletal muscle in response to HIIT give a great increase in the capacities for skeletal muscle to oxidize fat.
The more important effect of HIIT lies in its ability to keep you burning fat even after you leave the gym, for up to 72 hours. We believe it’s a great addition to your fat-loss program if cutting calories becomes too tedious.
We want to add that HIIT won’t cause fat loss if you are in a caloric surplus. We remember our rookie years before med school when we thought that it was possible to do “fat loss exercise” while bulk. NOPE 👎 😅
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