Burn Fat During Or After Your Workout? By Jonas Forsberg
Have you ever read in your fitness magazine or your local newspaper about how many calories you burn during 1 hour of running, 1 hour of swimming or 1 hour of spinning?
My guess is that you probably have.
To be honest, the biggest mistake you could make would be to follow these guidelines. You look in the magazine; find out which of the different cardio methods that burn fat and the most calories, and then you go for that method for at least an hour.
First off, working out for an hour is both time-consuming and, listen to this: ineffective!
What these trainers do not know is that by doing short and intense workouts, such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), you save more time and get better results. Sure, what they would argue against HIIT is that it does not burn as much calories as when doing real cardio.
The answer to that is correct, BUT let me ask you a question:
What do you think sum up to be the greatest: calories burned during that single hour of moderate exercise, or the amount of calories being burned the rest of the day when performing HIIT?
High intensity training burn calories throughout the rest of your day, and not only during your session, which is the case with moderate activity.
Meaning, by doing HIIT, you even burn fat and calories in your sleep while after a workout consisting of moderate exercise for an hour; you do not burn any more calories after your actual workout.
Remember this: It is NOT the quantity that matters, it is QUALITY! Aim for short and intense workouts and you will see WAY better results in less time, without a doubt!