Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts are proven to be the best method to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they don't take a lot of time, so they fit your schedule. Want to attend a HIIT class? Try a week on us at your local FXB.
12 Benefits of HIIT HIIT exercises are quick and fit with for your life. Even better is how your body responds after the workout. These exercises lead to afterburn by expanding your metabolic rate. Simply put, you torch calories after ending your workout—even while relaxing on the couch! HIIT routines increase muscle and improve your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for longer periods of time. Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT: Burns more calories more quickly Enhances endurance Strengthens cardiovascular health Improves blood vessel activity Promotes blood sugar regulation Increases oxygen consumption Reduces resting heart rate and blood pressure Reverses age-related muscle decline Stimulates human growth hormone creation Builds fast-twitch muscles Promotes brain function Lessens anxiety and depression Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important? 12-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home Not close to a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve made an easy-to-follow yet effective HIIT workout you can do almost anywhere. No equipment necessary! Do each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each set. Repeat this circuit twice. Jump Squats Push-ups Burpees Alternating Side Lunges Mountain Climbers Plank Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works! Lose Weight and Burn Fat with FXB If you’re looking to burn body fat, increase muscle and improve your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into short, convenient workouts. Want to get started with an enjoyable and effective workout? Look at group fitness HIIT classes at a Farrell’s near you!">
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Carbs: Too Little or Too Much
Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet because they give you energy. Knowing how many carbs to eat can be difficult, because eating too few can cause headaches, fatigue and weakness, while eating too many can cause weight gain. At Farrell's, we'll explain the perfect balance. We'll also educate you about which kinds of carbs can keep you in burn mode throughout the day and help you avoid cravings and overeating.
What are Carbs? Carbohydrates are our body’s central source for energy. There are simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple Carbs Simple carbs are foods with single and double sugar molecules. This includes glucose, fructose and sucrose. Common simple carb foods include: Milk (also a protein) Table sugar Fruit Complex Carbs Complex carbs are foods that have multiple sugar molecules linked together by “starch.” Foods dense in complex carbs include: Legumes Grains Starchy vegetables like corn and peas Pasta Bread Glycemic Index Explained The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement of how much blood sugar (fuel) goes up based on carbohydrate intake. The higher the GI number, the more blood sugar goes up. The Farrell's nutrition plan is designed to give members a low glycemic load that keeps them in “burn mode” throughout the day, warding off cravings and overeating. Related: 8 Reasons Why Strength Training is Important 5 Effects of Too Little Carbs Carbs are an essential macronutrient. Removing or reducing carbs from your diet can have some side effects that we’ve outlined below. 1. Energy Loss & Fatigue—Carbs are our central fuel source. Not eating enough healthy carbs limits the body’s fuel source. If you don’t have enough glucose from healthy carbs to burn, the body will begin using fat. Doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but for active people, fatigue and energy loss will settle in quickly and long-term effects could mean reduced performance. 2. Constipation—Our dietary fiber comes from complex carbs and is essential for bathroom regularity. A low-carb diet can cause constipation, so it’s important to ensure you’re eating enough healthy fiber, or “roughage” as they used to say, to remain regular. 3. Mood Changes—Carbohydrates have been tied to the release of serotonin in the brain, which is the chemical responsible for making us feel happy. Too few healthy carbs can mean a decrease in serotonin levels, possibly producing mood changes like anger, sadness, and even mild symptoms of depression. 4. Hypoglycemia—Not enough carbs can mean low blood sugar, which can lead to hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include shakiness, dizziness, hunger, weakness, and difficulty speaking. 5. Ketosis—Ketosis is a regular metabolic process. If you don’t have adequate glucose (energy) from carbs to burn, your body will start burning fat, which is referred to as ketosis. During this process, your body produces ketones for a fuel source. If you’re following a balanced diet, this isn’t an issue and your body gets used to to your levels. Where ketosis can become problematic is when your body has too many ketones from lack of energy, which can lead to dehydration and a chemical imbalance in the blood. Many individuals use a low-carb ketogenic diet for weight loss, but it needs to be balanced to make certain you’re still getting plenty of what your body has to have to perform normally.Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight & Burning Fat 3 Effects of Too Many Carbs What could happen to your body if you eat too many unhealthy carbs? 1. Sugar Crash—We’ve all gone through it. The blood sugar roller coaster of eating too many refined carbs and then suddenly crashing and feeling sleepy. Eating carbs high on the glycemic index can cause an increase in blood sugar because they are quickly digested versus carbs that are high in fiber that digest at a slower pace, discharging energy over time. When this spike takes place, our bodies release hormones to manage blood sugar, which causes the crash. Carbs that are complex and rich in fiber will help block the carb spike and crash. 2. Type 2 Diabetes—While not an immediate cause of eating too many high-glycemic carbs, a high-carb diet can heighten your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Portion control is essential for reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While carbs, and the sugars from carbs, are vital for proper function, they need to be the right size for what is needed. Excess from sugary drinks and foods is what puts you at risk. Adding just one serving of a sweet drink to your diet each day increases your risk by 15 percent, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, published in November 2010 in Diabetes Care. 3. Weight Gain—Consuming too many refined carbs or high-glycemic carbs can also cause weight gain, which could lead to becoming overweight or obese, which can lead to a number of additional issues like stroke, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Eating too many carbs, like any macronutrient, means we have an excess in our bodies. When we have this overload, our body stores the excess as fat.Related: 9 Easy Ways to Look & Feel Younger When devising meals and grocery shopping, make a routine to read the nutrition label. Stay away from foods that have added sugar and sweeteners and stick to water instead of sugary drinks and sodas. If you’re applying your Farrell's nutrition plan, you’re already getting the right, balanced nutrition your body needs to operate successfully and efficiently to perform in and outside of the gym. If you're currently not a member of Farrell's and not meeting your fitness goals, contact one of our locations or enroll in our next session to experience a real fitness transformation! We also offer a free week of fitness classes! Sources: LiveStrong Everyday Health LiveStrong">