Time is precious, let’s face it. There never seems like enough hours in the day; work, home, kids and other commitments can leave you strapped for time.
So why spend HOURS at the gym when you really ONLY need 30 minutes?
Yep! That’s right JUST 30 minutes 3x a week is all you need to achieve your fat loss goals.
How does this work?
It’s called reaching “EPOC”.
What is EPOC?
EPOC is an acronym for Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. Exercise research has shown that you can burn fat and calories for up to 48 HOURS after your workout when reach EPOC.
Here’s the scoop:
- During your workouts, your body uses oxygen to fuel your muscles. You start breathing harder…
- The more intense your workout, you start to breathe harder and use up more oxygen.
- When you use up oxygen, you create a deficit that needs to be restored. Your body likes to be balanced and to balance it back, your body will burn fat and calories after your workout.
What’s really important is to do is to make sure your body is burning fat after the workout. Certain things need to be in place to make sure fat burning is at an optimal level.
Compared to traditional cardio workouts, HIIT or Aspiring Fitness Workouts will create a longer afterburn of fat!! Check out the graph below!
Photo courtesy of Metabolic Effect
So, the secret to burning fat in the most efficient way is short bursts of exercise that taxes your muscles and increases your heart rate. This is my heart rate AFTER a recent Aspiring Fitness workout:
Increasing my heart rate up to 134 (about double my resting rate) will burn fat for 48 hours after my workout and give me the quick and efficient workout that I need!