So, you’re really busy, huh? Time is tight and you have too many obligations; kids homework and after school activities, job commitments, keeping the home running smoothly, and somewhere in there trying to connect on some level with your partner, it isn’t easy and it can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s no wonder that taking care of yourself physically and mentally is so often the last priority; it’s not that you don’t want too; it’s just a matter of finding the time and being in the right headspace. Its ok, I understand.

With so much going on it’s hard to put your own needs first as losing weight may seem impossible, not to mention seem quite unimportant, compared to your child’s efforts at school or that emergency report that has to be written and on the boss’s desk by nine o’clock the following morning. But what if I told you it is possible, very possible; to lose weight fast and effectively, and get this, in only four minutes a day! Do I sound like an infomercial? No matter, it is possible and you can do it.

Believe it or not there is a workout routine that will not only help you lose weight fast, but will also only take up four minutes of your time daily. It’s challenging, as you might expect, but it completely eliminates the excuse of a lack of time. The biggest problem now is that there just aren’t any more excuses.

The Best Weight Loss Program You’ve Never Heard Of

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, has given us many wonderful and useful things; sushi, the Walkman, Karate, and into this short list I would also tentatively place the Tabata protocol. “Discovered” by Dr. Izumi Tabata during his time working with physically active male students in Japan, what’s now known as the “Tabata Protocol” was a training method that incorporated short bursts of all-out activity with short rest periods cycled for just four minutes. During the famous study he and his colleagues found that seven to eight sets of all out exercise (170% of V02max – also known as maximal oxygen uptake, which is the body’s ability to transport oxygen during exercise, reflecting the physical fitness of the person) for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, allowed the athletes to increase their anaerobic capacity by 28%!

So, what does that mean to you? It means that by exercising all out for 20 seconds, and then resting for 10 seconds, and repeating this cycle eight times, that your body will become a fat burning machine. The schedule looks like this.

Warm-Up

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – all out exercise

10 seconds – rest

Cool Down

It’s that simple, but don’t be fooled. There is a very good chance that you’ve never done anything even half as hard when it comes to weight loss, but the effort is worth it. Now that you have the workout routine laid out the question becomes what kind of exercise should you do?

Exercises

In the original study participating individuals were on stationary bikes, but there is any number of exercises you could perform. Starting out I would strongly suggest only using your bodyweight with no other resistance and keep the exercises relatively simple. As you become more “comfortable” with this type of training and your body adapts you can go ahead and use some form of resistance as well. See below for a couple of lists outlining some bodyweight and resistance exercises (demonstrations can all be found at Youtube.com):

Bodyweight

Rope Jumping

Sprinting

Box Jumps

Push-Ups

Crunches

Pull-Ups

Hindu Squats

Resistance

Any of the exercises listed above while wearing a weighted vest

Medicine Ball Slams

Kettlebell Swings

Elastic Band Rows

I would also suggest keeping the type of exercise relatively simple. You’ll discover quite quickly that by the time you reach the fourth or fifth round of exercise you’ll be breathing hard, and the last thing you’ll want to do is focus on completing a complicated movement pattern. This isn’t Zumba class. Simple is definitely best as your coordination will be strongly affected from the accumulated fatigue. In the end you’ll find that finishing becomes a matter of sheer will and determination, rather than physical output.

Workout Routine Variations

Depending on the amount of time you have, your motivation, your energy levels and your goals, you may want to try performing multiple Tabata’s in one workout. Even by combining a few different exercises you could finish an entire belly fat burning workout in about 20 minutes. Two exercises back to back would look like this:

Warm-Up – 5 Minutes (Light rope jumping, light jogging on the spot)

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Box jumps

10 seconds – rest

Rest – 2 Minutes (or just enough to move to the following exercise)

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

20 seconds – Pull-Ups

10 seconds – rest

Cool Down – 5 Minutes (Walking, stretching)

Conceivably you could add as many exercises as you like but I’d venture that any more than four in one workout might be asking for burnout. I’d also aim for three to four workouts per week, maybe Monday, Wednesday, Friday, plus an occasional Saturday if you’re up to it.

In creating your weight loss workout programs one of the keys is to design something that you’ll have the ability to finish. Success breeds success, so don’t bog yourself down right away if you think you won’t be able to finish. It might actually take several months before the idea of even throwing in a second exercise becomes a reality for you. That’s fine as long as you’re finishing each exercise you add.

Here’s one last practical consideration regarding the set-up of your exercises. Make sure to do it beforehand and not during. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to find equipment or move gear around after just completing a gut-buster of a set. If you have everything ready to go then all you have to worry about is completing each set successfully.

So now you know the secret to losing weight fast. Before starting any exercise program though it’s good to check with your doctor just to make sure you’ll be physically able to perform without ay health risks, and this particular program is no different. It doesn’t come easy, but if you’re dedicated and consistent in your training the weight will melt off. Good luck!