High intensity interval training has been suggested to be better than longer duration moderate intensity training for fat loss.
I'm assuming the way cardio promotes fat loss is by creating a caloric deficit.
What I don't understand is if you burn significantly less calories in a 15 minute HIIT session than you burn in a 40-60 minute moderate intensity session and considering that the EPOC is 14% at best, then how is HIIT better? A Tabata Protocol session is even shorter at 4 minutes, yet it is also promoted as a great fat loss tool.
What else am I missing to see that make HIIT and Tabata Protocol great for fat loss?
03-25-2009, 04:45 PM #1
Tabata Protocol/HIIT and Fat Loss
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Alan Aragon says a combination is best.
so you might want to mix it up to get the best results. LISS, moderate intensity, HIIT.
i believe as long as you're doing cardio, you'll be fine. afterall, the main purpose for cardio is for heart health. burning calories is an added bonus. diet is key in burning fat.
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I looked at what everyone was saying "on both sides of the fence" as well, and finally said "screw it, I'm doing 'em both." I changed my workouts to do both LISS and HIIT most days of the week (LISS early morning, HIIT late afternoon).
It seems to have given my weight loss a kick in the backside nicely.
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But factor in that most folks don't do either properly, they don't really get the benefits. Example: the only way to do tabata correctly to get the benefits is while sitting on a bike. There's just no other way to achieve the intensity required to stimulate the hormonal responses the tabata protocol is known for, because the legs could never support the body during the effort. The guys doing squats and using dumbells are hurting, no doubt, but they're not achieving the same intensity and level of fatigue, which is a whole new level of hurt.
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That, and you can probably attribute the weakness from the squats from just being lightheaded due to the motion. I'm on my second day of TABATA on the elliptical. I was doing HIIT for a month or so on the treadmill, but I'm trying to fix my back problem makes it hard to sustain after 5-6 intervals. TABATA on elliptical gives no back problems, but my front quads are giving out before my heart does. I'm going to try the bike tomorrow and hopefully get some result pics in the future.