EPOC, which stands for Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption, is a lot more overrated than people realize.
So, the idea for this is that after doing a HIIT exercise your body is still burning calories for up to the next 2 days.
This is what sparked all those Hiit YouTube videos that people have made and continue to make on the internet.
So, you had daily people and influencers alike claiming that you only have to do 15 minutes of HIIT workouts.
You’d gain the benefits of calories loss for like half-hour or more for only doing 15 minutes worth.
And because EPOC happens after then your continually burning calories even after you’ve finished your workout.
Here’s the issue with EPOC and these Hiit made videos.
It's extremely exaggerated.
EPOC does occur. But you will literally only burn like 30 to 90 calories after your workout over the next day or two.
Only a small percentage continues to burn after your workout.
A simple meal you eat will cover that and more.
So, the post-calorie loss is very exaggerated and simply won’t keep you losing as much weight as you think.
The other thing is the way these “Hiit” videos are made.
They are actually not Hiit.
Hiit is to be performed in a 20 to 30 second extremely high-intensity burst that you personally are able to handle.
I have videos on this on my social media handles and just released on the other day on my Tik Tok.
But you need to pick something such as running or biking or swimming or even certain plyometric exercises.
You need to do an exercise that is going to push your personal limits to their capacity or breaking point.
Doing a video where pushups or basic squats or pull-ups won’t get you to that level.
Someone cannot simply generate enough intensity with those exercises.
Are they still cool and fun to do? sure they are
But they aren’t Hiit and again are misrepresented.
They are just basic interval training.
EPOC happens regardless of whatever cardio you do.
And you actually get more EPOC if you do steady-state cardio versus those types of Hiit videos.
Multiple big companies have utilized this for people such as you and me can fall for it and buy their workout programs
Are they necessarily wrong? Well technically no because it does happen, but they have really exaggerated its compound of effectiveness.
So, what’s the point here?
When you see a video or someone claiming that a Hiit workout is awesome and that you burn so many more calories even after you finish, know that it's not entirely true.
If you still like to do those Hiit YouTube videos, then continue to do them I’m not saying those aren’t good and shouldn’t be done.
I mean you will still get fat loss from doing them as your move and burning calories.
Just realize the accuracy of what they are claiming.
And that there are more proponents than you think when it comes to “Hiit” videos and EPOC.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist. This is all from the experience I have gained through myself and through schooling I have taken from a health and fitness course. Through my videos, I share my personal and educational experience that I have acquired over the past years of training individuals through fitness and nutrition.
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