Americans have become increasingly overweight as a society. In fact, weight-related illnesses and conditions are on the rise so much that people are constantly looking for new ways to lose unwanted fat. And for that reason, diet and exercise fads come and go — each one promising to produce immediate, life-altering results.
Do you want to know the real secret to weight loss? Shh...don’t tell. The secret is… there is no secret. Maintaining a natural diet (free of junk food) and getting adequate physical activity is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
That said, there are certainly some physical activities that speed up the process of losing fat. Here we discuss the three main types of workouts and their impacts on weight loss.
Cardio And Weight Loss
Cardio has been the go-to weight loss exercise for decades. It’s relatively simple to jump on a treadmill or elliptical and pound the proverbial pavement for 30 minutes to an hour each day. And while it definitely boasts some benefits (namely, keeping your heart healthy), cardio alone won’t accelerate fat loss.
Think about it this way: One session on a treadmill burns about 300 calories, but there’s no continuous calorie burning going on after the workout. This means that unless you stay on the treadmill for hours on end (or eat less than 300 calories each day, which is not recommended), your weight loss will be slow at best.
Weight Training And Weight Loss
There’s been a lot of hype around strength training lately, and for good reason. Science has discovered that lifting weights or performing other weight-bearing workouts (think squats, lunges, burpees, pull-ups, etc.) actually burns more calories than simple cardio. And even better, your body continues to eat up those unwanted calories long after your workout session ends.
The down side to weight training? It’s not for everyone, and because it’s so hard on your body, it can’t be done more than three or four times a week for about 30 minutes per session.
HIIT And Weight Loss
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is by far the best method for quick weight loss. It involves rotating max-effort exercise with lighter exercise, keeping your body and heart guessing during the entire workout. This constant guessing does wonders for your metabolism and turns your body into a calorie-burning machine.
Along with a proper diet, HIIT is the fastest and most effective way to lose fat. It combines cardio and weight training for a workout that builds muscle, improves cardiovascular health, and burns a ton of calories.
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