If you’ve been spending an hour at the gym three times a week to lose weight, you could be doing it all wrong.
At least that’s what a new exercise method seems to be suggesting. Called ‘Fast Exercise’, the regime involves exercising in a few 20-second bursts at maximum effort, punctuated with periods of more relaxed workouts. Depending on the level of fitness you want to achieve and how quickly you want to see results, the shortest Fast Exercise programme starts from just 6 minutes a day.
The man behind this much-raved about weight-loss exercise regime is Dr Michael Mosley, who said that the short bursts of high intensity training massively increases the number of mitochondria — the cells that convert sugar and fat in the blood into energy. Compared with Fast Exercise, traditional workouts are said to not only be less effective at producing mitochondria but also in adrenalin, another fat burning hormone.
Perhaps the best thing about Fast Exercise is that you don’t need sophisticated equipment. In fact, you don’t even need to exercise at the gym. Results can be achieved by performing the exercises at home. The two main types of Fast Exercise are Fast Strength and Fast Fitness. Fast Strength involves muscle-building exercises such as push-ups and weight-lifting to tone the body, while Fast Fitness are cardio-type exercises such as running, skipping or cycling.
Timing is crucial in Fast Exercise so you’ll need to keep track of the time spent. There are now mobile apps for interval training which allows you to pre-programme the timings into your phone.
Think Dr Moseley’s Fast Exercise method sounds too good to be true? Wait till you try the 5:2 Diet he developed earlier. 5:2 diet, also know as the Fast Diet, suggests you can lose weight by significantly restricting your calorie-intake for two days a week and eating normally for the other five.