Whilst we've weighed up on cardio and weights in the past (read here), this blog is about addressing which option is optimal for FAT LOSS.
This is such a tricky question to answer. This truly depends on your individual circumstances, your goals and where you see yourself in your fitness journey weeks, months and years ahead!
For example, some people naturally, are born with a fast metabolism and don't necessarily need to implement cardio into their training.
Some people are looking to lose fat but also build muscle - and contrary to what many believe - this can be done with OR without cardio.
If you're at the beginning of a fitness journey and have a lot to lose, cardio does has its benefits.
In the war between cardio and weights, weights win. BUT, above all, fat loss is related to your diet above anything.
Before weighing up your options between cardio and weights, make sure you have your nutrition down pat and as organised as possible.
No amount of cardio or weights can counteract poor nutrition! Remember that restrictive eating, avoiding certain macros (carbs, fats and protein) and following meal plans that can't be maintained, will affect your journey negatively in the long run.
The key to steady state cardio such as walking, climbing stairs or hiking is that you need to be in a calorie deficit to see fat loss. Essentially, this means ating less calories than the amount of calories you burn.
With this in mind, HIIT (high intensity interval training) is incredibly beneficial and will see you having similar benefits to a longer steady state cardio sesh in just 10-15 minutes.
Strength and weight training on the other hand, has a secret advantage over cardio for speeding up your metabolism.
Even though you might not burn as many calories in a weight session straight away, the results later on speak for themselves.
Simply sitting or resting, will have you burning calories at a faster rate due to the larger amount of muscle you're carrying.
Studies have shown that your metabolism can be boosted for up to 36 hours after a resistance or weighted workout.
Another notion to keep in mind - yes you'll be building muscle, but you'll also be burning fat - so no, you aren't going to get bulky.
A faster metabolism means you can generally consume more throughout the day since you burn more calories doing the simplest things like walking around an office, sitting at a chair or watching tv!
If your goal is to achieve fat loss as quickly as possible - while doing it healthily and in a way that it STAYS OFF, HIIT is an effective path to take.
If you're ready to transform your lifestyle and make healthy eating and training a way of life, get your hands on some weights and get lifting! You'll see a change in your strength, endurance, mood AND fat levels.
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