As I have preached many times on this site, the formula for losing weight effectively is to reduce your calories, increase your physical activity, and take a diet pill for a little boost.
However, is all exercise created equal? Are there some activities that you can undertake that will help you burn faster than others? Read on to find out what you can incorporate into your workout routine to help you get better results in your weight loss journey!
What Exercises Burn Fat the Best?
According to a new study that was published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, there are two types of exercise that stand out from the rest when it comes to burning fat: interval training and moderate-intensity continuous training (MOD).
What is Interval Training?
I have discussed interval training on this site many times, often referring to it is “High Intensity Interval Training” or “HIIT” for short.
It involves cycling between short bursts of effort and periods of rest and recovery, then repeating the bursts and breaks throughout the workout.
At times you will push yourself to near maximal effort level to get your heart rate pumping, then taking a break to recover for a bit, and then going back into max effort again.
What is MOD?
The process for moderate-intensity continuous training is a bit evident in the name, but it involves keeping a moderate pace (around 50-70% of maximal heart rate) all throughout the workout. As opposed to HIIT where you are going up and down in effort level and taking a break between bursts of maximum effort, you instead maintain a moderate level of effort for the entirety of the activity.
Which is Better – HIIT or MOD?
The study cited above reports that interval training leads to a 28.5% greater reduction in total absolute fat loss. They pose that this may be due to “greater resting energy expenditure and fat utilization immediately following interval training exercise.” Furthermore, when done correctly, HIIT can raise your metabolism for up to 48 hours after you exercise, which keeps you burning fat even when you’re resting.
On top of that, it takes less time to perform a HIIT workout and requires no equipment. One of the reasons that people do not get enough exercise is because they do not have enough time, as well as lack the necessary tools or gym membership. Anybody can do some form of HIIT, it just takes getting off your seat and doing it!
If you want to get more out of your exercise and burn more fat, it’s time to incorporate a HIIT routine into your workout schedule. It is so easy to implement and the results are unmatched and can help you reach your weight loss goals much quicker!