A question that many people still ask me is "how do I lose weight?"
Answers will vary from source to source, but once you start learning who the right people to ask are, you will find the most effective reply is nutrition. You cannot out-train a bad diet, you can however, incorporate cardio and/or weightlifting to give your body the tools it needs to rev things up,
Steady state cardio is medium to long bouts of cardiovascular activity at a level you can handle for a significant amount of time, generally on a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical trainer.
HIIT uses the same gym equipment but in a different way, higher speed or difficulty for shorter periods of time.
An example of each would be:Steady State - 45 minutes light jogging on a treadmill.HIIT - 1 minute sprinting at capacity followed by 1 minute walking/rest for a total of 20 minutes.
So which one is for you ? HIIT has recently gained a significant following, touted by many as the best way to lose fat and promote leaner physiques.Certainly a useful tool if used correctly, be aware that HIIT can be disadvantageous if you are not adequately fuelling your body. Below is a short list of advantages to each.
Steady State Cardio:1. Builds up endurance and aerobic fitness levels.2. Will on average, burn more calories in a workout than
HIIT.3. Takes less of a toll on the body, meaning you recover faster.4. Easier to stick with if you are a beginner.
HIIT:1. Arguably the best fat loss method for retaining muscle mass.2. Improves your resting metabolic rate for 24 hours post workout.
3. Significantly lowers Insulin resistance.4. Proven to help well-trained athletes break through a workout plateau.
The disadvantages for both are fairly similar, injury and nutrition being important factors over which one you choose.Studies have shown that overweight people are more likely to stick to steady state cardio over HIIT, which in the long run is beneficial to overall health.
Ultimately it is left to you to decide which type of cardio you feel most comfortable with, but remember to push yourself and follow a healthy nutrition plan. And if able, incorporate weight lifting as it's going to burn a lot of calories too.Do your research, listen to your body, and find an activity that you enjoy, then you should have all the tools you need to begin a journey that will change your health for the better.