So let’s start with the basics, what is EPOC? EPOC stands for ‘Excess Post Oxygen Consumption’.
It’s a physiological process whereby your body’s metabolism remains elevated following a period of exercise, meaning you can burn more calories during your rest periods! Which is brilliant as we all want to burn extra calories!
The human body uses around 5 calories of energy for every 1 litre of oxygen used. So any training that increases oxygen use during and after the session will increase the number of calories burned.
To optimally stimulate the production EPOC, training must be performed with high intensities, not lower steady state longer duration style training. The more intense interval type of workout, the more we increase the effects of EPOC.
An example of a workout which would increase your EPOC is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval) class. Or any workout which gets the heartrate extremely high, with short periods of rest in between.
If you are a new beginner to exercise, we recommend you build up your fitness before trying this type of fitness for safety reasons. Once you feel you are able, give it a go!
Team ‘On The Go Nutrition’