In the past, traditional cardio exercises such as swimming, cycling, walking, and running were thought to be the most effective methods of burning those pounds away. However, today with the growth in popularity of high-intensity interval training, people now wonder if this is actually a better and more effective way of losing belly fat. This is very critical if you desire to remain healthy since belly fat often leads to having metabolic and cardiovascular disease.
High-intensity interval training consists mainly of short, intense workouts that last from ten seconds to four minutes with recovery periods of 30 seconds to a minute that aloe you to catch a breath between the workouts. Through interval training you get better results even after spending less time working out. In a 2008 study, The ‘International Journal of Obesity’ studied the interval training of a group cycling for 20 minutes on average and the continuous training of another that cycled for around 40 minutes.
The 20-minute workout group warmed up, cooled down, and did thirty cycles of 8-second sprints with 12-second recovery periods on a cycle ergometer. The results revealed that this group burned more calories and lost additional abdominal fat than the 40-minute workout group, thus proving that in the interval training vs traditional cardio debate, interval training is more effective and saves time.
Suppression Of Appetite
Some people assert that interval training contributes to loss of weight by helping in appetite suppression. Even though these claims require further study, one study has revealed that HIIT actually suppressed appetite for a short period after working out. Therefore it does improve our chances of failing to overcompensate for all the calories burned during the workout.
Continuously performing the same cardio workouts with the same amount of intensity makes the body get used to them and the number of calories burned during the workouts will start to decrease. This only results in the delays in losing of abdominal fat. With HIIT, this is not the case. With interval training you have many options from which to choose from as well as adjust its duration along with the resting periods. Doing this helps to challenge your body and keep the workouts more appealing and more interesting to do. In the intensity training vs traditional cardio debate, it is quite clear that intensity training offers variety, which is not present in traditional cardio and is thus more effective in the end.
While studies have revealed that interval training is sometimes more compelling and productive when it comes to the loss of abdominal fat, you should only do it twice a week. If you have very frequent sessions, your body will not have time to recover and it will be unable to keep up with the intensity of the workouts. This only leads to reduced productivity.
In case you are prone to having musculoskeletal injury or have any health condition, consult with your physician about the types of workouts that are good for you
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