Friday, 16 November 2012

Should You Eat Before Doing HIIT?

By Russ Howe

High intensity interval training is a great way to burn fat but most people fail to change their nutrition accordingly and don't get the results their hard efforts in the gym deserve. In this post we show you how to tailor both your diet and your supplements to perfectly balance your fat loss and muscle gains when using HIIT.

Your workouts will be greatly improved by following the simple steps shown in today's article.

For years a lot of people have believed that you should hit the gym without eating beforehand. This is more habit than fact, however, as science points in the opposite direction. Numerous studies have shown that the benefits of hitting the gym with the right nutrition inside your body will greatly enhance your performance and results.

The rise in popularity of High Intensity cardio is partially responsible for these developments, as the massive difference in difficulty forced many trainers to rethink their supplement and diet regime to cope with the extra work.

Today's article will focus mainly on people looking towards the fat loss benefits from high intensity interval training. There are two very important keys here, which are:

* Most people perform their workout on an empty stomach and consume their protein or other supplements after they have finished in the gym. Research actually shows that you can far greater fat loss results if you also pop in a protein shake around twenty minutes before your session, particularly with high intensity cardio sessions.

* Essential amino acids are also fantastic. These will work with your protein supplement to help you retain lean muscle while you burn off fat in the gym.

There are two sides to the workout window, and those folks who insist on only feeding their body after a session are missing out on some great results. Ensure you hit your next high intensity level training fully prepared with protein and essential amino acids.

Studies also show that individuals who use essential amino acids get more from them when consumed before a workout as opposed to after. One particularly useful experiment showed us that our body is able to use up to 42% of this supplement if taken prior to a big gym session, compared to just 16% when taken afterwards.

And that's it. Pretty simple stuff in the end, right? By ensuring your body has enough essential amino acids and a nice serving of whey protein around 20 minutes before you do your next HIIT session you will greatly improve your results.

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