The great fat burning debate

Posted in the Fat Furnace category    Mar 19, 2019


Is it HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or LISS (Low Intensity Steady State)…

Should you believe the HIIT-hype train? Or is a steady run just as good for you as a high intensity cardio session?

Here’s some recent research. As always, you must decide what fits you better.


The long-standing argument for HIIT is that it can increase a phenomenon known as EPOC – ‘exercise post oxygen consumption’. Basically, after a training session, you continue to burn calories at a much higher rate, and HIIT training has long been the fan favourite for this.

However, if you take a look at this recent research, in which a HIIT session was compared to a LISS, you’ll see that the deference of calories burned post-training was just 19 calories over a 3 hour period. So not even half a cube of chocolate!

This is great news because it backs up what I always say – that HIIT isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

What’s the point of all this? To help you make your cardio decisions based on what you ENJOY. If you’d prefer to look like a knob going mad on a treadmill, knock yourself out! If you’d prefer an easy life, go for it.

Really, the best plan is the one that what works for you, or more specifically – if you enjoy it, you’re more likely to stick to it.

Don’t presume that the person who’s doing their best Joe Wicks impression is an inspiration just because they look like they’re working mega mega hard.

Hard work doesn’t simply produce results – smart work does!

Be smart!…Duh!

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