The brainchild of instagram-famous Australian trainer and fitness pro Kayla Itsines, the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) is a 12-week program that utilizes HIIT (high intensity interval training) to target and burn fat; while the program appears to result in quick weight loss, the required materials are expensive, and heavy HIIT is not for everyone.
Itsines keeps program users moving almost nonstop for each half-hour session, and provides a follow-up version of the program that continues over an additional twelve-week period. The exercises are so straightforward that customers don’t need a gym membership to participate, which is a major selling point of the program, considering that the entire bundle of products already costs a whopping $119.97.
In a stroke of genius, Itsines encourages fans of the program to post before-and-after pictures in order to display the incredible progress they have seen since beginning the program and corresponding diet plan.
According to the program’s very happy customers, the proof is in their progress pictures. But some exercise enthusiasts aren’t taking the bait. As HIIT workouts increase in popularity, some fitness experts are saying that you may need to up your food intake and increase glucose while on a HIIT program, or else risk some major health problems including blood sugar instability, hormone fluctuation, and muscle loss.
Unfortunately, the BBG doesn’t account for that, as the included food plan actually encourages a very clean but fairly low-calorie diet. Exhaustion from improper dieting on HIIT means that users are less likely to engage in actual weight-lifting, limiting the very necessary strength training that encourages healthy fat burn while supporting muscle growth.
The program burns fat in an impressively brief period of time, but prospective customers should be aware of possible health risks involved. Continuing this program in a calorie deficit is dangerous, so anyone interested in this kind of program needs to make sure to consume foods high in protein and healthy fats. In any program such as this, food plans can be modified to fit an individual’s dietary needs.
In conjunction with eating well and working out, however, there’s nothing wrong with bringing in a little HIIT to move things along. The BBG is a simple way to keep active, as long as proper attention is paid to the specific physical needs of the user.
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