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Why HIIT Is So Great For Burning Fat..

‘How to burn fat fast’ is something we all would love to know the answer to. The reality is there really is no ‘quick fix’ or overnight miracle for weight loss… It is an ongoing process and regardless of the articles, pills, fads or trends that are currently circulating the internet, weight loss requires predominantly two things:  a healthy, clean and nutritious diet AND a regular workout schedule with positive, good and healthy habits.

Quite simply, in order to lose weight, you must be in a calorie deficit: i.e you consume LESS calories through food than you BURN through exercise.

That being said, it is important to understand that different workouts create different results. For example; while walking is a great form of low intensity exercise or active recovery for improving overall fitness, it is not going to burn the calories or fat at a quick enough pace for significant weight loss unless paired with a higher intensity activity.

What is HIIT? (High intensity interval training)

HIIT follows a very simple notion; work HARDER and not LONGER. This means instead of going on a 1-hour long jog where you heart rate is steady you would instead work from anywhere between 10 – 30 minutes exerting fast, intense efforts at a time follower by a short burst of recovery. This is a very efficient style of exercise helping you to burn more calories in less time.

Why is HIIT beneficial for fat loss?

HIIT training plays a huge role in fat loss. One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximal health benefits in minimal time; ideal when you are living a busy life with little time to focus on exercise. Studies have proven that HIIT training can burn 25 – 30% more calories than other forms of exercise in the same period of time.

One way HIIT actually helps with fat loss and calorie burning comes after you have finished exercising. HIIT training has a fantastic ability to speed up and improve your metabolic rate meaning you can still be burning calories hours after you are done exercising.

The brilliant thing about HIIT training is you can do it absolutely anywhere. As all it requires is yourself and a little space. Since it is such a broad concept; maximum effort for minimal time, you can adapt and alter it accordingly depending on where you are, how much time and space you have.

Because HIIT activity is short, you will be working at intense efforts for the majority of the time. HIIT can be a great way to really push and challenge yourself to see some seriously effective results. You might be a little out of puff, but you certainly won’t get bored!

The bottom line is, if you have tried everything from running to weight training, eating well and clean, exercising consistently and you are still not noticing a difference, it might be time to consider HIIT training to trigger a more efficient and effective fat – burning process.

Ready to try your first HIIT workout and reap the rewards? Check out this 30 minute niixSWEAT class below.

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