Interval training – the best way to lose weight

I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks, but before I go I wanted to answer another one of the most common questions I’m asked.

“What’s the best way to lose bodyfat?”

Anyone ever told you that a steady 45-minute jog on a treadmill is the best way to lose weight? It’s not true. Those are the same people you see six months later and they don’t look any different.

I mentioned last time that the best way to lose bodyfat is by increasing your metabolism. And the best way to do that is by high-intensity interval training.

Why is interval training so good?

  1. You burn off more calories – the training is much more demanding than slow, steady cardio.
  2. It saves you time. By interval training, you can burn more calories in 20 minutes than you would plodding along at the same pace for 45 minutes. So you can be in and out of the gym in no time.
  3. You get fit faster  It’s a great way to improve your cardio endurance quickly – and is a favourite training method of the world’s best athletes.
  4. It’s interesting – even the most motivated of us struggle plodding along on the treadmill for 40 minutes. Interval training keeps you focussed – especially when you start seeing results.

Your body is so starved of energy by the demands of interval training that it goes desperately looking for energy wherever it can find it. And the first place the body goes to is your fat stores - those inches around your waist, bum and chin that you’ve been trying so hard to get rid of. And you’ll keep burning that fat for hours after you’ve exercised: whether you’re at the desk, on the sofa or even asleep.

So how do you do it?

Here’s a sample interval training programme to get you started:

Warm-up (3 mins brisk walk)

1st Interval (1 minute fast running)

2nd Interval  (1 minute slow, gentle jog)

Repeat intervals 1 and 2 a further six times

Cool down (3 mins gentle walk)

Try it out – and let me know how you get on. If you’ve got any questions, get in touch with me.

See you soon,
Tony

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