Ever look back at those training sessions and yet feel like you’ve come so far with only little results to be shown? Chance is, you may have been doing the wrong training all this while which may explain your almost-no-result progress which leads to the all-time popular debate- weight training or cardio training for weight loss?
Want to know which is better when it comes to help shredding those extra pounds? Here, we’ll explain how both of these workouts vary from each other.
When you do weight training, you’re also helping your body to build strength. With this being said, you’re actually gaining more muscles. And with more muscles, your body tends to have a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR). BMR is basically the rate your calories are burning at when you’re at rest and not moving a single muscle. When calculating this rate, your total muscle mass will be taken into account. Therefore, the more lean muscles you have, the higher the rate will be.
Besides, your body is also losing almost pure body fat when doing weight training. This means you won’t have to sacrifice losing some of those muscles and making yourself look smaller than what you are now. Instead, you’ll be reshaping your body curves, giving yourself a much more toned and strong overall silhouette.
“But you tend to burn more calories during a cardio session, isn’t it?”
Yes, that’s true but this highly depends on the intensity and the duration of your session. When doing a high intensity workout, you may burn extra calories compared to weight training but that’s also if you’re willing to throw in much more time for a longer session. Plus, you’ll have to be watching your diet very strictly and making sure your cardio session doesn’t go to a waste.
When you’re training cardio like doing HIIT workouts, your body shreds off weight from both body muscles and fat. This means you’re also losing your muscles, which is not ideal for your body because muscles play a huge role in affecting our metabolic rate. When this happens, your overall long term metabolic might also be affected resulting in a not-so-efficient weight loss progress.
Although weight training seems like the winner when it comes to this debate, the best weight loss program should be a combination of these two workouts- weight training for a better fat loss solution and cardio to strengthen your cardiovascular health while promoting better recovery.