Should You Perform HIIT Before Eating?

By Russ Howe

When it comes to High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT as it's more commonly known, there is a massive grey area surrounding the optimum nutrition to get the best from the fat loss aspects.

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

One of the most common myths in the gym is training on an empty stomach. When it comes to fat loss this is actually yesterday's advice. In the last ten years there have been countless scientific studies which have shown that you can gain far more from a workout if you get the right nutrients into your body before you hit the gym.

The majority of gym users discovered high intensity interval training in the last ten years but this technique has been used in sports for over twenty years, so research into the nutritional aspect is anything but sparse. The problem is, however, most people short change themselves by not taking any time out to discover what they need to change with their diet to make the most of this new way of performing cardio for fat loss.

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:

* Studies show that trainers who consume 20 grams of whey protein around 20 miuntes before a high intensity interval workout were able to continue burning calories at a far higher rate than those who went in on an empty stomach. Furthermore, this extra calorie burning lasted a massive 24 hours.

* In an age of hyped up pre-workout supplements which claim to push you to a harder workout in the gym, the best pre-workout supplement you can possibly take is actually good old Essential Amino Acids. That's right. No hype, but studies show that these are far more effective than any caffeine supplement as they actually help you hang on to lean muscle and work very well with your pre-workout protein shake, too.

The majority of people who take their supplements after a session are doing so because they just believe that's what you are supposed to do. In fact, science points out that you can enhance results by taking care of your body both sides of the workout window.

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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