Cardio for weight loss
When it comes to weight loss, which form of cardio is more effective? Is it High-intensity interval training (HIIT) or low intensity steady state cardio (LISS)?
HIIT – Short bursts of maximum intensity followed by a longer period of rest. For example, 20-second sprint followed by 60-second slow walk. Repeat this circuit multiple times. If you feel uncomfortable whilst completing this form of cardio, you’re probably doing it right…
Causes the body to make positive metabolic changes
Can be completed in short period of time
Causes less muscle loss than LISS – higher muscle mass equals greater weightloss.
Increased injury risk
Extremely exhausting so may interfere with training schedule due to fatigue
If you have existing injuries, higher chance of aggravation.
LISS – Steady state cardiovascular training, which maintains a similar level of effort throughout. A 30 minute jog, for example.
Less stressful for body and mind
Increases calorie deficit
Body adjusts quickly to LISS training. Intensity needs to be increased regularly to show benefits.