Did you know that if you’re running the wrong way, you can gain MORE weight instead? Knowing the ‘secret to running for weight loss’ will help you lose more weight while exercising less.
The conventional way of running involves pacing yourself, keeping a steady speed and running for long durations. In theory, running this way will help you burn more calories and lead to weight loss. However, it doesn’t work this way in reality.
Doing conventional running for long durations will increase your appetite as well. Often times, you’ll get an appetite for something unhealthy or high in carbs. Taking in more calories will lead to weight gain, which is highly counter-productive.
The conventional way of running is also highly inefficient. It takes up more of your time and your body stops working to burn extra calories when you stop running.
There is another way of running that will help you lose more weight while running for shorter periods of time. It will also make your body continue to burn extra calories after you stop running. Another benefit of this type of running is that it will decrease your appetite.
The secret to running for weight loss is called High Intensity Interval Training, HIIT for short. This method of running involves sprinting for short periods time with rest periods in-between.
When done correctly, it will promote higher HGH production in your body. HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone and this hormone is the fat burning hormone. HGH is also one of the hormones that helps keep you young.
Even after you finish your HIIT session, your body will continue to burn fat for the next 8 hours at the same rate. With the higher HGH production that it promotes and decrease of appetite, this makes a great combination for weight loss.
HIIT is also very flexible, you can apply this method to any other forms of cardio, from exercise bikes to at home exercises.
Here Is How You Do IT
I’m going to describe the original method, it’s called the Tabata Protocol (most simple method).
- Warm up for 3 minutes by doing some high knees, walking lunges, and a short jog. Don’t do static stretching, contrary to popular belief, it will only increase your chances of injury.
- For 20 seconds, go all out.
- Rest for the next 10 seconds.
- Steps 2 and 3 make up an interval. Repeat for 8 intervals.
- Cool down by jogging lightly for 2-3 minutes
8 intervals will only take 4 minutes to complete, repeat once for 8 minutes in total. For a video demonstration of how to do this, check out my article on Cardio Routines.
If you’re just starting, I recommend that you take it easy at first and build up to the full 8 minutes. With this method of training, you will be surprised at how fast your stamina improves.
As you know, intense exercises helps you lose weight. During intense exercise, your body goes into a state that burns fat for energy. But did you know that there is a way to get into this fat burning state without exercise? It’s called intermittent fasting.