Paging Dr Google: The Most Searched Fitness Questions
It’s hard for most millennials to remember a time pre-internet, where answers to life’s greatest questions couldn’t be found with the click of a button. We’ve got Google to thank for getting us out of embarrassing work situations when we have no idea what our boss is talking about or settling debates with your drunk friends in the pub.
But relying on Google as the fountain of all knowledge isn’t always the greatest idea, especially when it comes to our health. As many of us know – especially those of us who have become convinced we have a life-threatening illness when it’s just a common cough – the information you find on the internet isn’t always factually correct. So, we’re breaking down some of the most searched fitness-related questions on Google:
“Which exercises help with weight loss?”
There’s no magic pill or exercise that’ll make you lose weight. It might be boring, but it comes down to taking in less energy that you use up and doing this over time. However, exercise is great for both burning calories and building muscle, and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) training, weight-lifting and even LISS (low-intensity steady state) cardio all have their own benefits for fat loss.
Weight-lifting will help you build muscle, and the higher your muscle percentage, the higher your caloric needs. The intensity of HIIT training is not only going to burn energy but is also said to increase your resting metabolic rate for up to 24 hours after exercise. What is most important to remember, is overall activity levels throughout the day. Are you doing 20 minutes of HIIT in the morning but then not moving for the rest of the day? Increasing your output and doing more LISS (such as walking) throughout the day will massively help you reach your goals.
“How Much Protein Do I Need?”
How much protein you should have in your diet depends on a variety of factors: your lifestyle, age, muscle mass, how much exercise you do and what your fitness goals are. If you train regularly you should be aiming for 1-2g of protein per kg of body weight.
For this example, we’ll take the halfway point and say 1.6g/kg is an average amount of protein and we’ll use an average man who weighs 75kg. So:
75(kg) x 1.6(g/kg) = 120 grams of protein a day
“How to Shred Belly Fat Fast / How to Lose Weight Fast?”
Every single day, Google is inundated with questions about losing weight fast. It’s not a popular answer, but there really is no such thing as a quick fix. The best way to reduce your bodyweight or fat mass in a sustainable manner is to slowly change your diet and exercise habits over time. And no, you can’t spot reduce belly fat with endless crunches or low-calorie diets. Gradually decrease your body fat percentage with smart nutrition and training (making sure you’re in a slight energy deficit) and you’ll see your body change – it just takes time!
“Best HIIT Workouts?”
HIIT workouts are super popular, and it’s no surprise why. They’re short, effective, and can be done anywhere – perfect for hectic days. The secret to a great HIIT workout is your effort. They’re only as effective as the effort you put in. If you’re not exhausted, even after just 20 seconds of work, then you’re doing it wrong.