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10 Rules to Lose 10 lbs. Every 3 Weeks Doing Interval Workouts

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1. Your interval workout Must Kick Your Ass in 10-to-40 minutes

2. The hard parts of your interval workout should last 10-to-40 seconds

3. The easy parts of your interval workout should be no more than double the amount of time of your hard parts

4. Make sure the hard parts of your interval workout are Actually HARD!

5. Make sure the easy parts of your interval workout are Actually EASY!

6. Only do high intensity interval workouts 3-to-4 days a week

You may Lose 15 lbs Every 3 Weeks when you break rule #6 but…

Before you break rule #6…

Please Note: If you're only doing a lot of short 10 minute interval workouts then more 3-to-4 days a week is fine.

7. Do interval workouts LAST

8. Do interval workouts 2 times a day for faster fat loss (Optional)

9. Alternate between Lower & Upper body interval workouts (Also Optional)

10. Always try to beat your last interval workout

5 ways to beat your last interval workout to lose weight even faster
(Or 5 ways to make your interval workouts tougher)

  1. Make your easy parts shorter or rest less after doing the hard parts of your interval workout.
  2. Make your hard parts longer than 40 seconds.
  3. Do your interval workout longer than 40 minutes if the full 40 minutes isn't already kicking your ass.
  4. You can workout harder during your hard parts. (ex. Run or walk faster, walk on an incline or wear a weight vest)
  5. Keep a fat loss workout log to track how fast you were going, how many calories you burned and/or how many miles you did to have something to look forward to beating in your next interval workout.

Quick summary of the 10 rules to lose 10 pounds every 3 weeks with intervals

Examples of High Intensity Interval Workouts

5 Reasons why high intensity interval training (or HIIT) burns fat faster

1. You'll Triple Your Fat Loss

In this study from Australia… A group of women Lost 3 Times more fat doing ONLY 20 minutes of HIIT 3 days a week than a group of women doing the normal 40-minute steady pace cardio workouts like walking at 3mph

They lost three times more weight as other women who exercised at a continuous, regular pace for 40 minutesUNSW Associate Professor Steve Boutcher     see article

2. HIIT Increases fat burning hormones

3. HIIT Suppress your appetite or you won't be that hungry afterwards

This study confirms that you'll eat less calories during the 38 hours after finishing a high intensity interval workout and The less calories you eat = the faster you'll lose weight &…

HIIT reduces your appetite by decreasing the amount of ghrelin in your body & Ghrelin is a 'fat gaining' hormone that increases appetite making you want to eat more.

4. You're losing weight while you sleep

HIIT creates a greater "after burn effect" than most other workouts which basically means you continue to burn calories (or lose weight) for hours after you've finished a HIIT workout (see more about the After burn effect) and You'll burn an extra 225 calories after doing a HIIT workout according to this study

5. You'll definitely lose more belly fat

Study after study clearly shows you'll lose more belly fat doing HIIT than any other weight loss exercises (this study confirms you'll lose 48% more belly fat) so HIIT is about the closest thing you'll get to spot reduction.

So What is high intensity interval training?

An interval workout is a high intensity workout where you keep switching back and forth between doing something hard for a short period of time and then something that is easy for a short period of time so if you did a high intensity interval workout on a treadmill for example…

If you still don't understand what high intensity interval workouts are please look at the examples on this page or watch this video

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Leticia

Hi Adrian,
I've been doing the interval training on ellliptical at the gym but when it's time to slow done / rest , the machine starts to beep/pause since i'm not moving or hardly moving at all and it seems to get peoples attention at the gym.
During rest period do I complety stop or is ok to keep going at slower pace to keep machine from shutting off?

April 08, 2015

Adrian Bryant

you can go at a slower pace during breaks

April 08, 2015

Rebecca

Hi Adrian,

I want to start interval training I know you recommended to do 2 HIIT a day but I wanted to know what's the time amount you recommend for each interval training. For example the jumping jack 10 minute training and then the 20 minute running from chair to chair challenge. Or two 20 minute ones or two 10 minute ones just not sure the amount of time each should be.

Thanks in advance.

April 01, 2015

Adrian Bryant

as long as its 10-to-40 minutes that kicks your ass

April 02, 2015

Src

Hello

I am 5'2 and 120 lbs. I lost 10 lbs doing the metabolic balance diet which was awesome. But now am stuck at that weight. I am eating very healthy and all right things drinking water etc. will doing HIIt training for 20 minutes help me lose the weight. I am pretty active play tennis twice a week, do an hour of circuit training and hot yoga once a week and regular walking for 2-3 miles a day. But the 5 lbs is not coming off.

March 13, 2015

Adrian Bryant

it will help but see this here

March 13, 2015

susan

Hi, I stumbled on your website. I'm 56, 5'2" and 144lbs. All my life I never could get above 98lbs until age 35 then I eased up to 120 which was a nice weight for me. Last year menopause smacked me in the face and hello 24 more pounds that must go! I have a treadmill that I have started doing intervals on... I have never been a fast runner even though I was always athletic so I do 15 minutes alternating from 5mph to 2.5mph every other minute, no break. Then immediately go to a 15 minutes of 3mph High incline to a lower incline every other minute, no break. Then I do the 30 minute routine later in the day. Im wasted after these and sweating like crazy and feel like I've had a shot of adrenaline but don't really want to move much for awhile. Do you think this routine will help me get rid of the 24lbs? it just seems slow to me but I'm flat out running at 5mph! Plus everyone tells me I'm wasting my time because once menopause hits you're stuck with the extra pounds. Thanks

February 11, 2015

Adrian Bryant

if the workout is kicking your ass then no... you are not wasting your time but what about your diet?

February 12, 2015

susan

Ive cut out a lot of bread and sugar. I try to eat a scrambled egg for breakfast but thats usually around 11:00am... sweet potatoes and squash. I really don't do a calorie count. I try to go for proteins. I swear to god I could have killed for a peanut butter cookie last night but I jokingly just smelled of it (big whif). Then I didn't want it. Ive never had to watch what I eat until now so everything in moderation.

February 12, 2015

susan

Btw: I tried "Insanity" last September but got very bored with it really fast. Some of it was ok and some of it seemed impossible to keep up with. So I did nothing until January (probably some depression). Started 1/5/2015 intervals on my treadmill when I got the flu and just didn't have the energy. So I started back this past week with a vengeance. My biggest problem is motivation but just posting here has given me the push I needed.
thank you.

February 12, 2015

Adrian Bryant

more motivation here but do you know your total calorie intake?

February 13, 2015

Neil Tyler

Hi Adrian,
I am 77 year old male, been working out since 1968 (snow sport fanatic). I have prostate cancer , in menopause due to Zoladex implants. so I sympathise with Susan. I also have a mechanical knee so jumping, lunges & squats are out, I am building up legs on the 45%hack machine pushing 200kilo x 20 reps up & down pyramids from 80 kg. I need to loose the belly fat. I interval (fartlek) train on the bike 10minutes on & then flat out for 10 secs. hor 30 minutes x 2 days then workouts, upper body one day, 1 day rest then lower body, i day rest then 1 hour cardio. Weight is not going. Shouold I do exhaustion sets?

Neil

February 13, 2015

susan

I don't keep a diary but I usually eat the same things all the time. The last time I wrote it all down it averages about 1200 calories a day in a week. Sometimes a little less. My low range is 800 a day to the high end of 1600 in a day. I ate too much junk back in the fall months but have given it up now. I know you would say I'm wrong here but I seem to get results from what I eat not how much but I've never had a large appetite. No pasta! No dairy, except eggs. Nothing that has flour in it.

February 13, 2015

susan

All that typing and it looks like it didn't post so here's the short version. A weekly average of 1200 calories a day.

February 13, 2015

susan

Thanks for the motivation page Adrian but I can "poo poo" those things away very easy. I'm the queen of "good intentions"! I'm a slightly plump kid that just realized my true age this past year. Sux, so I'm gonna really try this time.

February 13, 2015

Eve

Hey Adrian,

Will the ski step and jumping jack workouts increase calf size?

My calves are naturally bulky so I'm trying to avoid that.

February 06, 2015

Adrian Bryant

not much

February 07, 2015

Brandi

I'm 5'4 and 180 pounds my bday is March 3 and I would love to lose 30 pounds by then for my 25th bday party! Willing to do whatever it takes can you please help me reach my goal! I also had a baby three years ago so I need a flat and tight stomach with nice buns ! I just want the prefect body for a black 25 year old !

January 28, 2015

Randy

I have fatty thighs, is there anything I can do to burn that fat in that particular area? I am not looking to have small thighs just smaller and more toned thighs

January 20, 2015

Adrian Bryant

just lose weight all over so use this workout and this diet

January 20, 2015

Tanya

Loved this article...just discovered interval training...I'm doing 30-35 mins and can burn 500-600 calories by doing the following on a treadmill

Incline @ 2.5
1-3 mins - speed on 5 as warm up
3 - 20 mins - 30 secs on/30 off - speed on 12
20 - 25 mins - incline @ 15 - speed on 6.5
25 - 30 mins - 30 secs on/30 off - speed on 12
30 - 35 mins - cool down

How many times a week should I do this...

Thanks for great tips and facts ...I'm 46 and this is definitely working for me and fat burning, toning and fitness...I feel amazing after my 35 min work out.

January 13, 2015

Adrian Bryant

see rule 6 but 3-4 days per week at 1-2 times per day

January 13, 2015

Adrian

Hey Adrian,

I am currently doing your 30 min elliptical workout but i am not fit enough for those intervals yet so I am doing 1min hard/1min easy is this still going to be effective? I am aiming to do them 4 days a week.

January 13, 2015

Adrian Bryant

as long as you are following the rules on this page it will

January 13, 2015

Andy

Hi Adrian, is it possible to use pushups/squats for HIIT, or will it be too difficult? Also how long should HIIT session last? thanks mate.

January 09, 2015

Adrian Bryant

you can do that as long as it fits with the rules on this page

January 09, 2015

yadav

i am 20 year old 6'2"
2 moths ago i was on bed rest for about a 4 weeks and i gained 44 pounds now i am of 240 pounds.

can you suggest some excercises and diet/

January 02, 2015

Brendon

Hey Adrian,

I am 5'5" and weigh about 170 pounds. I am always struggling with my weight, it's always going down and up. I would like to lose atlas 20 pounds in 3 weeks before I go home for Christmas Break. I was wondering if you could give me some advice and if you think that by following the plan if I will really lose the weight in 3 weeks.

Thank you.

November 30, 2014

Sherniece

I am about 5 '8 or 5'9. I am 30 yrs old and have 4 children. I am a type 2 diabetic and am taking insulin. I weigh 268 lbs and didnt realize i was gaining the weight that i had lost a year ago at 240. My heaviest was 304 lbs. I knew i started eating more sweets and junk food, but was so depressed i just needed something temporary to be happy. I didnt realize i was doing it more and more. I needed my "food fix". I dont want to be a slave to food. I want to know how to loose weight effectively, especially in my mid section and arms. Im not active alot anymore because of my weight, but also my legs tire fast now. I want to lose weight fast, however im not sure if this plan is ok for diabetics.So my question to you is, can someone who is diabetic lose weight the fast way and what exercises for me would be beneficial in my losing the weight?

November 01, 2014

Adrian Bryant

simply use this workout and this diet

November 01, 2014

Tammy

Hi Adrian, my name is Tammy and i used your calculator to lose weight. And then went to lose it to log in my food and keep a diary of this fat loss and they gave me a calculated calorie intake of under 950 cal per day. Why is that. Is my goal weight perhaps too steep for them. I am 165 lb and 46 yrs old not lazy but semi active and in a contest with bodybuilding.com the shred vs bulk and I of course want to shred. I did your advanced ski step today by accident lol I didnt see the advanced tag.. anyway kicked my trash. .. greatly appreciate it. I need help though i cant eat that much and am doing intermittent fasting with a window of 19-5 it is my own but i think i may need to start earlier to get all that food down my gullet. Please advise me on the food intake cal issue . Thanx so much.. your site is AMAZING.

October 31, 2014

Tammy

Ps your site calculator gave me 1387-1813

October 31, 2014

Adrian Bryant

so what is your current daily intake? are you saying it's 950 cals per day? the answer to your question is to track cals. daily to see what works best for your goals. I cant just give you a random cal intake number where you hope for the best

October 31, 2014

sammy

im 5 5 and 163 i started a high inesity workout that i calculated for me to burn about 875 cal a workout i workout 6 days a week taking sunday off and two days in the week to do a butt workout ...im eating 1200 calories a day, im going to cabo in about 2 months and i would just die to not have a killer butt that just pops out adn a flat tummy and just be smaller i would ideally like to be 135-137 lbs with a big booty but i dont reallly have weights for my butt and i am pretty thick ..does my plan seem accurate?..im really scared it wont really work..

October 24, 2014

Adrian Bryant

do 1,2 & 5 here and if no weights see this for butt

October 24, 2014

Leigh

Hi Adrian. I'm 34 yr old female; mom of 2; 5'; 230lbs; I'm ready to get down to business and get back down to about 120-125. I have PCOS which has caused my weight to skyrocket and has now led to metabolic syndrome (not diabetic ). I have hip impingement in my right hip. I need to lose 60-70 lbs for a wedding in Feb. I'm not a stranger to fasting and I'm a former college athlete so I'm not scared to work. Which intervals would I get the most from to help me reach my short term goal by Feb., but ones that I could handle with my hip problem? (Deep wall squats w/exercise ball caused labrum tear I had to have repaired a few yrs back) I LOVE TO RUN. :) Thank you for your time!

October 18, 2014

Adrian Bryant

see this here

October 19, 2014


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