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Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts are recognized as the best approach to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they're short, so they work with your calendar. Want to go to a HIIT class? Try week at no cost at your local FXB.
12 Benefits of HIIT HIIT classes are quick and work with for your routine. Even better is how your body acts after class is over. These exercises lead to afterburn by raising your metabolic rate. Simply put, you torch calories after finishing your workout—even while laying on the couch! HIIT workouts build muscle and boost your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for increased periods of time. Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT: Burns more calories more quickly Builds endurance Strengthens cardiovascular functions Improves blood vessel capacity Promotes blood sugar stability Increases oxygen intake Reduces resting heart rate and blood pressure Undoes age-related muscle decline Encourages human growth hormone creation Builds fast-twitch muscles Promotes brain function Fights anxiety and depression Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important? 12-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home Not close to a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve made an easy-to-follow yet effective HIIT workout you can do in your living room. And you don’t need any equipment! Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each movement. Do this circuit twice. Jump Squats Push-ups Burpees Alternating Side Lunges Mountain Climbers Plank Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works! Lose Weight and Burn Fat with FXB If you’re looking to burn body fat, increase muscle and better your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into fast, convenient workouts. Want to get started with a fun and effective workout? Explore group fitness HIIT classes at a Farrell’s near you!">
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What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?
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Carbs: Too Little or Too Much
Carbohydrates are a vital piece of a healthy diet because they fuel your body. Figuring out how many carbs to eat can be confusing, because eating too few can cause headaches, fatigue and weakness, while eating too many can cause weight gain. At Farrell's, we'll demonstrate the optimal balance. We'll also teach you which types of carbs can keep you in burn mode throughout the day and prevent cravings and overeating.
What are Carbs? Carbohydrates are our body’s main source for energy. There are simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple Carbs Simple carbs are foods with single and double sugar molecules. This includes glucose, fructose and sucrose. Common simple carb foods include: Milk (also a protein) Table sugar Fruit Complex Carbs Complex carbs are foods that include multiple sugar molecules linked together by “starch.” Foods rich in complex carbs include: Legumes Grains Starchy vegetables like corn and peas Pasta Bread Glycemic Index Explained The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement of how much blood sugar (fuel) increases based on carbohydrate intake. The higher the GI number, the more blood sugar rises. The Farrell's nutrition plan was made to supply members with a low glycemic load that keeps them in “burn mode” throughout the day, avoiding cravings and having too much food. Related: 8 Reasons Why Strength Training is Important  5 Effects of Too Little Carbs Carbs are an vital macronutrient. Removing or limiting carbs from your diet can have some side effects that we’ve outlined below. 1. Energy Loss & Fatigue—Carbs are our central fuel source. Not eating enough healthy carbs decreases the body’s fuel source. If you don’t have enough glucose from healthy carbs to burn, the body will begin burning fat. Doesn’t sound bad, but for people who are active, exhaustion and energy loss will occur quickly and long-term effects could mean decreased performance. 2. Constipation—Our dietary fiber comes from complex carbs and is essential for bathroom regularity. A low-carb diet may cause constipation, so it’s important to make sure you’re eating enough healthy fiber, or “roughage” as they used to say, to be regular. 3. Mood Changes—Carbohydrates have been connected to the release of serotonin in the brain, which is the chemical responsible for making us feel happy. Too few healthy carbs can mean a decline in serotonin levels, possibly producing mood changes like anger, sadness, and even mild symptoms of depression. 4. Hypoglycemia—Not enough carbs can mean low blood sugar, which can lead to hypoglycemia. Signs of hypoglycemia include shakiness, dizziness, hunger, weakness, and difficulty speaking. 5. Ketosis—Ketosis is a natural metabolic operation. If you don’t have ample glucose (energy) from carbs to burn, your body will start burning fat, which is known as ketosis. During this process, your body makes ketones for a fuel source. If you’re following a balanced diet, this won’t be a problem and your body adjusts to your levels. Where ketosis can become unhealthy is when your body accrues too many ketones from lack of energy, which can lead to dehydration and a chemical imbalance in the blood. Many individuals adopt a low-carb ketogenic diet for weight loss, but it needs to be balanced to make certain you’re still getting an ample amount of what your body requires to perform normally.Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight & Burning Fat  3 Effects of Too Many Carbs What could happen to your body if you eat too many unhealthy carbs? 1. Sugar Crash—We’ve all gone through it. The blood sugar roller coaster of eating too many refined carbs and then suddenly crashing and feeling sleepy. Eating carbs high on the glycemic index can cause a hike in blood sugar because they are quickly digested versus carbs that are high in fiber that digest at a slower pace, discharging energy over time. When this spike happens, our bodies release hormones to regulate blood sugar, which prompts the crash. Carbs that are complex and high in fiber will help avoid the carb spike and crash. 2. Type 2 Diabetes—While not an immediate cause of eating too many high-glycemic carbs, a high-carb diet can put you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Eating the right portion size is essential for reducing the risk of having type 2 diabetes. While carbs, and the sugars from carbs, are necessary for proper function, they need to be portioned for what is needed. An overabundance of sugary drinks and foods is what puts you at risk. Adding just one serving of a sweetened drink to your diet daily ups your risk by 15 percent, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, published in November 2010 in Diabetes Care. 3. Weight Gain—Consuming too many refined carbs or high-glycemic carbs can also lead to weight gain, which could lead to becoming overweight or obese, which can lead to a number of other issues like stroke, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Eating too many carbs, like any macronutrient, means we have too much in our bodies. When we have this overload, our body keeps the excess as fat.Related: 9 Easy Ways to Look & Feel Younger  When devising meals and grocery shopping, make a habit to read the nutrition label. Stay away from foods that have added sugar and sweeteners and drink water in place of sugary drinks and sodas. If you’re following your Farrell's nutrition plan, you’re already taking in the correct, balanced nutrition your body needs to work successfully and efficiently to perform in and outside of the gym. If you're currently not a member of Farrell's and not achieving your fitness goals, contact one of our locations or enroll in our next session to undergo a real fitness transformation! We also offer a free week of fitness classes! Sources: LiveStrong Everyday Health LiveStrong">