Six years ago, I wrote a post titled”How Great is HIIT for Fat Loss, Really?”
This article burst the HIIT fat loss bubble by examining all of the available research, and pointing out that the fat loss effects of HIIT were… pretty feeble.
The motive, as my article explained, was that HIIT simply does not make a sufficient calorie burn. Yes, as you sprint your little heart out on the stationary bike you may feel lots of discomfort and your lungs might huff and puff like a locomotive. If it is a hot day, you might sweat like a pig in a Finnish sauna. You may even loudly groan and drop an F-bomb or 2, as your lungs bellow so ferociously you worry your ribs will burst.
However, for all the heavy breathing, grimacing and cursing, the truth is that your normal HIIT session only burns off a couple hundred calories.
HIIT sessions are just too short to produce a significant calorie burn.
In terms of the much-vaunted muy grande post-workout metabolism boost that HIIT supposedly delivers – it simply is not that big.
Nope, what actually makes you fat, seemingly, is insulin, omega-6 fatty acids, gut bacteria and little fairies who sneak into your room at night and inject your culo with lard.
I don’t want to be impolite to the mentally ill here, but… f*ck off. Seriously.
“Your article was written in 2012. That was six whole years back!”
It seems like only… six years ago.
Has there been any new HIIT study in that last six years?
Does research show that since AD 2012, Homo televisionensis has experienced dramatic evolutionary changes that now make their metabolism and adipocytes much more sensitive to the effects of HIIT?
But if this was way back in the olden days — you know, 2012 — I’d launch into a detailed breakdown of this new study. I would pick apart every study and explain it in a way that everybody except a low-carber could understand (hey, there are limits to how simply I can break stuff down).
For good measure, I would’ve even thrown in a photo of Sara Varone and some cannoli.
Notably the Snickers cannoli they sell at the Adelaide Central Market.
You know, the vanilla and chocolate twirls are also pretty damn… wait, this was a post about HIIT.
So… six years ago, I would have dissected the study.
Yep: Write in depth articles at no cost, get incessantly trolled.
Fortunately for those of you interested in HIIT, someone else has picked up the HIIT torch and run with it. Lately, one of the lads in Cellucor kindly wrote to me and asked my opinion of their new HIIT post, titled“Is HIIT Worth It?”
To find out, you can get the article right here:
The report picks up where I left off in 2012, so any of you people that still get aroused, intellectually or otherwise, by the HIIT thing ought to check it out.
As for my opinion? It’s a great article. Well done, Cellucor post creators! Just watch out for hate mail from flabby believers of this “metabolic advantage” faith. Boy, do they hate being told the truth. Even when it’s the 1 thing they desperately need to hear!
By the way, to pre-empt any scurrilous allegations about some kind of commercial conspiracy, I did not receive Jack Schitt for connecting to the Cellucor article. I actually do not know much about Cellucor, except that they have posted a great HIIT article. My only criticisms, and they are negligible, is that there’s no proof that HIIT will “increase longevity” or that “HIIT makes you happier”. Read the article carefully (or even better, the actual studies) and you will see that the study in question showed HIIT improved markers associated with longevity (association doesn’t equate to causation), and that research subjects generally enjoyed HIIT training more than steady state cardio. This of course, says nothing about their happiness beyond the gym. Something tells me there are more than a few people who do HIIT that are downright grumpy bastards beyond the gym.
As a further aside, this here writer enjoys riding his bike in the great outdoors much greater than both HIIT and steady state cardio (which, in the research, equates to sitting on a stationary bike and riding in a zombie like state for 45-60 minutes). Call me strange, but I like my bike to really go somewhere when I pedal.
Alright, that’s my good deed for the day. Time to take Señor “El Perro Guapo” Ramone for a walk. Yes, he is doing good – thank you for asking. He turned 10 this year, but he is still as handsome as ever.
He even has his own website now, it’s a work in progress, but you can check it out here:
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