Our expert says:
Not bad on the diet. The exercise is interesting. I know what you're referring to about the short, intense exercise adding up to equal one session, but I'm not 100% convinced this is true in people who are looking to lose only a small amount of weight. I think for people coming in from quite an unfit level, previously inactive, it works quite well. However, I do believe that a longer session of say 40 minutes is better than four short sessions of 10 minutes. Part of this is physiological, in that I think you stimulate the hormonal response more with the longer session, but part of it is also practical - I always advise that people should focus on getting fitter and improving performance, and it's difficult to continue to do this when exercise is so compacted and short. So for example, let's look ahead three months. What are you going to do when you do this walk three minutes faster and it's taking only seven minutes? Do you add on another three minutes, or settle at 7 minutes? That's where it would be nice to have a goal, like running your first 10km, or doing a hike, or something like that.
So what I'm saying is keep this going, but just be mindful that eventually, this might not be sustainable and you would benefit from restructuring it, though this can wait until the future.
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