3 Good Reasons Why Lifting Weights Works Better Than Cardio for Fat Loss - Particularly For Women!
So Lets Start with the Obvious that diet is mostly the biggest factor involved in any successful fat loss program, Also then exercise is a crucial element to accelerate your fat loss and put you on the path to long term good health and weight maintenance.
Ask yourself If you were going to design an exercise program to compliment your dieting endeavour, what type of exercises would you do?
If you're like most people, the first thing that comes to mind is getting on the Treadmill in long gruelling sessions . Or maybe you picture jogging lap after lap, or putting on your headphones in tuning out on an elliptical machine.
However, I see people all the time sabotaging their success by following out of date methods or friends with No training telling you what you should do. At best, these nonsense exercise programs are boring waste of time. At worst, they can actually slow your progress!
Okay now, I don't mean to say that cardio workouts are completely useless. As part of a general health program, they can be very helpful. They are a good way to improve your cardiovascular function and can low your cholesterol and blood pressure.
However, if your goal is to lose your fat, cardio can actually hurt your progress. The reason is that the goal of exercises for fat/weight loss is to increase your total daily calorie expenditure.
When you do cardio, you are only burning calories while you are doing the exercise.
When you do weight lifting, you keep burning calories for days after your workout. When you do cardio, you can actually make your muscle shrink which means you will gain fat even if you eat don't increase your calorie intake! When you lift weights, you gain metabolically active tissue (that is to say, muscle) which will mean you can eat more food without gaining fat.
Let me explain the three main reasons that resistance training is definitely the best method for sustainable fat loss:
1. Lifting Weights Burn Calories for Days!
Weight lifting causes something called EPOC, which stands for Excessive Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption. In layman's terms, this means your muscles keep using up oxygen to burn calories (just like when you do cardio) for days after your stop working out. The effect of this can be very dramatic. Often a single 20min weight lifting workout will burn more calories than hours of cardio.
2. Lifting Weights Builds Muscle!
Muscle burns calories all day, every day. Even when you're sleeping - FACT. This raises your basal metabolic rate, meaning that you can eat more calories while losing weight. That way, you'll feel better and won't be hungry all the time, so you'll stick to your diet longer.
Don't worry ladies, because you have low testosterone levels, you won't build bulky muscles. You will still receive the fat loss benefits though.
3. Lifting Weights is Easier, Faster, and More Fun!
The rule of thumb with any lifestyle change is that the more unpleasant it is, the harder it is to stick with. If you're anything like me, its hard to imagine anything more unpleasant than cardio! With weight lifting, you can be in an out of the gym is less than half an hour, and you only have to do it two or three times a week. What could be easier?
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