High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT Does it Work for Weight Loss?

July 05, 2014, 03:23PM

We offer at Off The Grid Fitness a High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT class every Tuesday and Wednesday.  It has been an effective way for my clients and members to lose weight.  In a recent article from the National Academy of Sports Medicine author Joe Kita asks Dominique Adair Ms, Rd and Chris Mohr that very question PHD, RD.  Here is a portion to their answer:

“Any kind of exercise, whether it’s low intensity for long periods or high intensity for short periods will improve health,” says Mohr, “but HIIT is more efficient for fat loss because you burn more calories in a shorter period while preserving muscle mass. Everybody can do it too. When we’re fit and think of HIIT, we picture doing hill sprints and 100-yard dashes. But we need to remember that just walking a bit faster for 30 to 60 seconds can really ramp up the heart rate of some people. It’s relative.”

“While it’s appealing to think there’s one particular intensity or zone that’s always better for burning fat than another, it’s simply not true,” adds Adair. “That being said, the top complaint among people who either don’t exercise or don’t exercise enough is they don’t have the time. So HIIT can be their answer. Still, you have to be very careful about recommending a classic HIIT program to a sedentary person, or you risk turning them away from exercise for good. Everyone’s HIIT is different. Trainers need to take the time to establish a baseline and work from there.”

Here is the link to the entire article: Does it work for weight loss

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