Cardio Vs. Weight Training For Fat Loss

If you want to lose weight without experiencing the yo-yo effect, there are several factors you need to take into consideration. Naturally, the first one is nutrition because no amount of exercise will give you good results if you don’t pay attention to what you eat and when you eat. The second factor is exercising, so you should give some thought to your exercising regime, keeping in mind that it should differ depending on the results you want to achieve. Today, we will discuss the advantages of cardio and weight training and how each affects your body and musculature.

When it comes to giving a straight answer to what is better for permanently losing weight, you might be surprised that it’s actually weight or strength training. This might seem a bit strange as cardio burns more fat because, well, you’re moving more. But, it’s not that simple. The effects of cardio stop the moment you’re not exercising while things work differently with strength training. Strength training puts more stress on your muscles and it’s the kind of stress your body isn’t used to, so you can say that when you are weight training, your body is out of its comfort zone. Thanks to this fact, your body will actually burn an additional 20% of calories after you’re done with your workout. Not only that but strength training keeps your metabolism running a bit faster than it would usually, causing it to burn more calories over the span of up to three days.

Cardio, on the other hand, helps you burn more calories while doing it (up to twelve calories per minute whereas strength training burns around ten), but it doesn’t have as effective an aftermath as strength training. Cardio is great if your general fitness levels aren’t that great and it’s the alpha and omega when it comes to melting excess fat.


What might be a good option is to mix these two routines to get the best possible results. As you probably know, cardio is perfect for warming up and cooling down because it sets your muscles into the “let’s get this party started” mode. If you move around a bit before you start your strength training, it will get your blood running and you will be pumped to nail your weight workout. After you’re done with your strength sequence, cardio is an excellent way to cool down the body or, to put it more precisely, to change your body’s focus so that you don’t suffer from muscle cramps or soreness later. The way cardio helps to prevent those pesky sore muscles is that while doing it, you use up lactate that would normally stay in your muscles as a source of energy. This is definitely a winning combo, seeing that you work both on your strength and on your agility, both of which can help you not just when it comes to your fitness regime but in everyday life as well.

Cardio is definitely better for changing the way you perceive working out. This might sound strange, but it’s where some simple brain chemistry kicks in. Cardio elevates your heart rate (hence the name), which in return shoots up the brain centers that are directly connected to your mood. This helps us determine how we feel about something at any given time. Running is an excellent example of cardio that helps you feel really good in your body and about yourself. The reason for this improved state of mind is the release of chemicals that make you feel better in your own skin. Now, truth be told, we usually feel great after finishing any workout, but with cardio, the feeling is slightly augmented.

It’s not difficult to conclude that cardio and weight training work in different ways, which is why it might be best to combine them and you will see the results in no time. Cardio is there to help you shed all the excess fat but it doesn’t help you build muscles; on the contrary, you will lose them if you don’t mix it up with strength training, which is crucial in building and maintaining muscle tonus. Combine these two and you simply can’t go wrong.

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