Cardio Vs Weight Training has been somewhat of a debate in the fitness community for an age now. It’s the age-old debate of whether you should be using cardio or weight training to more effectively lose weight.
When people say losing weight, what they really mean is losing fat. The aim of any diet and exercise plan is to lose fat but what type of exercise is more beneficial when it comes to losing fat? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of both weight training and cardio and see which is more effective for people looking to lose fat.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING?
The benefits of weight training are massive. Weight training increases the production of testosterone. Some of the exercises to boost testosterone will increase the testosterone in your body enough that you’ll be losing more fat. It might seem like a negative thing for women to increase their testosterone production but a higher testosterone level actually helps with weight loss.
Obviously, weight training increases your lean muscle mass. I know that women often think that weight training and gaining muscle mass will make them bulky but actually increasing muscle mass is massively beneficial for weight loss. Muscle mass burns more calories than fat.
When you weight train your body produces a sustained metabolic increase. But how does that affect your weight loss? Well, it basically means that you’ll be burning calories even after you’ve finished your workout because the muscles will be burning calories to repair and recover. Even when you’re sitting down you’ll be burning more calories after weight training session than you would do otherwise. And when you combine that sustained metabolic increase with certain supplements you’ll see the weight dropping off.
Weight training is actually easier to start than cardio when you’re unfit. You know when you go for that first run and you feel like you’re dying? Yeah, when you’re weight training that’s not going to happen which means it’s easier to actually start weight training than it is to start cardio.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CARDIO?
Cardio sessions burn more calories than weight training does. You know it, I know it, it’s one of the most commonly known things about exercise. If you’re going to train for an hour, y