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The Best Way To Lose Weight Fast

by Susan · 16 comments

Are you looking for the best way to lose weight fast?

Well, you know you aren’t going to lose weight like crazy from a pill.

And you know that none of those ridiculous late night infomercials (think ab belt, ab circle pro, and shake weight) are going to make you lose weight like they claim they will.

AND no fad diet like the cabbage soup diet provides the lasting weight loss results you want.

So, what’s a girl to do?

I have the most perfect answer for you. But I have to warn you, you may not like it. It isn’t a magic bullet by any means. It’s going to take work and dedication and effort. But if you commit to the process I promise you it will work.

It’s high intensity interval training, and I have talked with you before ad nausium about how HIIT is superior to most other exercise methods when it comes to weight loss. So much so, in fact, that I’m sick of talking about it. Just know that there are numerous studies out there that prove this fact in addition to hundreds of personal success stories I could convey to you from my clients.

One of the best methods of high intensity interval training is hiking a mountain.

I am very lucky to live right at the southern end of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY. I get very easy access to the 46 high peaks and all the smaller mountains in the national park. I am so an Adirondack girl, I love every second that I am hiking and camping.

This past weekend was Columbus Day weekend and we had absolutely perfect fall weather here – clear, sunny, 60 degrees, and the fall colors are at peak. Could not ask for a better 3 days for outside activity.

Scott and I hiked French Mountain, the most southern mountain in the Adirondacks located in Lake George, NY, with a bunch of our friends.

And as usual, the hike proved to be a great workout for all of us.

French Mountain stats:

As of this writing, the only stats I could find on French Mountain is that its elevation is approximately 1400 feet. This is the least publicized mountain I have ever climbed.

French Mountain is not all that difficult a hike, compared to the rest of the Adirondack park.

However, there were still plenty of steep grades to get in your intervals. As I told you about here, when you hike a mountain your process looks like this:

Take 20 steps, stop and pant, take 20 steps, stop and pant, take 20 steps, stop and pant.

Hence, the most perfect weight loss workout and the best way to lose weight fast!

Here are a few pics from our hike this weekend:

Note: Lake George, NY is the scene of the French – Indian War. Lots of history here and I can only imagine why this mountain is called French Mountain – most likely because that area was controlled by the French until they were ousted by the British.

There were actually times on this hike that I started to sprint up the inclines. I don’t know what came over me, I just wanted to run!

And those short bursts of exercise went a long way in helping me burn fat – especially 24-36 hours after I came down the mountain and got in the car.

So whether you chose to hike (or run) a real mountain or run hills or stairs in your neighborhood, this is by far the best way to lose weight fast.

Get out there and climb something.

Your Friend and Coach,

Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS

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1 Bryan - Workouts Without Weights October 23, 2010 at 4:02 am

Susan, have to admit that I am jealous. I am in California now, but have lived in New England and would periodically drive across up state NY. Beautiful country and not as “spread out” as California. As you say, easy access to the hills and mountains.
I use HIIT workouts about once a week. It really depends on how much time I have. I live in the city and close to a park. So, I usually run 100 yard dashes. My workouts are not primarily to lose weight so I use interval training to increase my energy levels. I firmly believe that they do this. Possibly due to HGH production, or other chemicals ( I haven’t had any lab work done to check). All I know is that I haven’t felt as fatigued and I don’t get as irritable as I was before I started my sprints.

2 susan October 27, 2010 at 11:52 am

Hey Bryan, thanks for the message. I am a lucky girl for living in the northeast, but I have to say California doesn’t sound so bad either – more beach and less mountains? I believe your analysis of HIIT workouts and energy production are correct – it’s more likely that adrenaline (chatacholamines) production during that time is the reason you feel so great after a workout. And you also bring up a great point – if you are pretty lean already, 1 HIIT session per week pay be all you need to keep you that way, especially if you are doing some sort of strength training or metabolic resistance training as well.

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