Read on if you are a morning person or if you have determined that you will become one very soon. Rising early on in the morning and then working out before you have eaten anything appears to be the best time to exercise in order to lose weight.
The reason for this is Glycogen – the body functions on glycogen, which is its main source of energy. The other source of energy for the body when it is expending calories by exercising is by burning fat.
Early in the morning, when the body is in its overnight fasting state, the glycogen stores of the body are depleted and at their lowest ebb.
Since the body cannot call upon its Glycogen stores for its exertions, it turns to fat and this is why an early morning workout will help in effective weight loss.
Another factor apart from when you workout, that impacts weight loss, is the type of training that you do. It is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that is seen to offer the best weight loss results.
One example of HIIT is if a person alternated between 15 to 20 seconds of hard sprinting and then 10 seconds of walking or jogging. HIIT is an excellent way to get effective weight loss in the shortest possible time.
Start the HIIT with a short period of warming up, followed by 6 to 10 reps of high intensity interspersed with lower intensity moves and then a short cool down period.
To determine what constitutes medium intensity, the rule of thumb is that it should be about 50% of the intensity of the high intensity moves.
So, if you are a person who is typically strapped for time, this is the formula that should work for you, though it may mean some minutes less of sleep in the morning. A typical HIIT session can be just 15 to 20 minutes in duration – the best possible way to maximize exercise benefit in limited time.