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Blog | Burn Fat, Not Muscle | 23 February 2023

Burn Fat, Not Muscle

When it comes to losing fat, exercise is a powerful tool. Exercise can help you burn calories, build muscle, and improve overall health. However, not all types of exercise are equally effective for fat loss.

Feel the Afterburn

The best type of exercise for fat loss is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT is a type of exercise that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by periods of rest or low-intensity exercise. HIIT has been shown to be highly effective for fat loss for several reasons.

First, HIIT burns more calories in less time than other forms of exercise. HIIT workouts typically last between 20 and 60 minutes, but during that time, you can burn a significant number of calories. The high-intensity intervals means that your body works harder and burns more calories during and after the workout. This is known as the afterburn effect or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Essentially, your body continues to burn calories even after you have finished your workout.

Lean Into it

Second, HIIT helps to preserve muscle mass while burning fat. When you lose weight, you can lose both fat and muscle. However, preserving muscle mass is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism. HIIT has been shown to help preserve muscle mass while burning fat, which can lead to a more toned and lean physique.


Third, HIIT can improve cardiovascular health. HIIT involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise, which can help to improve cardiovascular fitness. HIIT has been shown to be as effective as traditional cardio workouts for improving heart health, such as running or cycling.

So, what does a HIIT workout look like? HIIT can be done with a variety of exercises, including running, cycling, rowing, or bodyweight exercises…or even one of our Forest House classes.

A typical HIIT workout might involve 30 seconds of all-out effort, followed by 30 seconds of rest or low-intensity exercise. This cycle might be repeated for 10-20 minutes, depending on your fitness level.

In a nutshell, HIIT is effective for fat loss because it burns more calories in less time, helps to preserve muscle mass, and improves cardiovascular health. If you’re looking to lose fat and improve your overall fitness, consider adding HIIT workouts to your exercise routine.

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