HIIT the Heart

HIIT the Heart

To finish out American Heart Month, this week's focus is on HIITs, High-Intensity Interval Training. It gets the heart rate up and helps the "bad" cholesterol go down.


- Sai and Joeslyn

HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING MAY BE MAKING A HIIT IN UNSUSPECTING WAYS

The benefits of sustained, moderate-intensity exercise on cardiovascular symptoms is well known, but interval training is just as effective as continuous, moderate activity at improving factors related to metabolic syndrome. It helps improve insulin resistance, lower blood pressure, reduce body fat and raise HDL-cholesterol levels.

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CHOLESTEROL AND LOW CARB DIETS

A rise in cholesterol during keto or low-carb eating may be related to losing weight. Although cholesterol levels often drop during the first 2-3 months of losing large amounts of weight, there can be a later rise in cholesterol that persists until weight stabilizes. Once weight loss ceases, cholesterol levels tend to come back down.

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