In a day and age where so many things are instantaneous (or at least pretty darn close), it seems like burning off a few extra pounds should be as quick and easy as one-day shipping from Amazon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Losing fat takes time and consistent effort. The good news, though, is that by increasing your efforts—working out more strategically and sometimes more intensely—you may be able to speed up the process a bit.
But don’t forget: exercise is only one part of the picture when it comes to fat loss. In addition to increasing the intensity of some of your workouts, you’ll also want to get adequate amounts of sleep, eat a diet made up mostly of nutritious, whole foods and cut back on your alcohol intake if you want to see real results. That said, by incorporating one or a few of the following intense and challenging workouts into your fitness routine once or twice a week (it’s not a good idea to workout intensely every single day), you can maximize your calorie-burn potential and reach your goals more quickly.