STOP DOING HIIT WORKOUTS FOR FAT LOSS!!!
You are working too hard to go nowhere my friend. You need less to be more Successful. And here's why...
Yes, I get it, they burn a ton of calories. They are super simple to do in a short amount of time. They put your metabolism on. You emerge from a HIIT session like King Leonidus does from battle in 300.
But this does come at a cost, and the cost is what it does to your central nervous system (CNS). You see, these types of workouts are very taxing on your CNS. They are hard to recover from. You have to be able to recover from your hard work so you can keep staying active
And it's staying active that's going to help you burn the body fat off and keep it off.
Here's an example from one of my client's programs:
The bottom image he's doing a HIIT session- starts off strong right out of the gate and then he's cooked. He's trying to recuperate from the workout in the middle of the workout- Yikes! Time to set him straight.
Now the Top image is my guy strength training. Take a look at the Yellow zone in this: This is the "fat-burning zone". In simple terms, it's around 70% of your max heart rate and it’s when you’ll use fat as fuel for exercise. Again, he did this with a pair of dumbbells, resistance bands, and his bodyweight while strength training to stay in the fat-burning zone.
Take note of which workout he can stay in the fat zone consistently and which workout he went up in smoke. Which one do you think he can recover from faster?
When I train my clients for Fat Loss, we don't guess if the workout was in the fat burning zone. We don't rate it easy, medium, or hard. We KNOW how intense it was by tracking your heart rate. We also track your recovery. Losing weight can be stressful if you let it so we look for stress reducers to add to your program, not stress inducers.
HIIT workouts have a time and a place but most people do them too long and often. They overwhelm themselves, get exhausted, and wonder why their progress has stalled- they are spending all of their mind, body, and soul trying to recover from workout to workout. Talk about draining!
We over estimate what we can do in a day and under estimate what we can accomplish in a year. Slow it down and play the long game my friends.