One of the most talked about question in the fitness world:
What is the most affective training for weight-loss?
Cardio Vs. Weight Training
Ben’s Army has supported weight training as the optimal choice for weight-loss for over 16 years. Although we still use resistance cardio training such as sleds.
The first reason why we back weight training in the fat loss battle is due to the calories burnt after the workout is completed. After a weight-training workout, the metabolism can be boosted for up to 36 hours post-workout… ‘In English please?’ Rather than burning say 60 calories an hour while sitting and watching TV or even sleeping, you’re burning 70. While you may think, ‘Big deal – 10 extra calories’, when you multiply this by 36 hours, you can see what a huge difference. With cardio workouts you stop burning calories when you stop moving.
Second reason: Cardio doesn’t do much for your muscles. Case in point: A study was conducted to test the difference between the two training techniques. The study shows that dieters lost 10kgs whether they performed cardio or strength training. But for the cardio group, 2.5 of those kgs came from muscle, while the lifters lost almost pure fat. Weight trainers looked toner and felt stronger than cardio lovers. This lends for a much more attractive physique, which will give you a much better overall transformation than if you just lost weight doing cardio. If you’ve ever noticed someone who has lost a considerable amount of weight but still looks somewhat ‘soft’, that’s usually why. They have lost some fat, but at the same rate, their muscles aren’t overly toned, hence they don’t give off the same type of appearance.
LADIES: Most women believe that weight training causes them to develop rippling muscles that give off too masculine of a look This is an unfortunate misperception because the fact of the matter is that females do not have enough testosterone in their body to develop this degree of musculature naturally Weight training will enable you to build up a larger degree of lean muscle mass, which then basically serves as your calorie burning powerhouse in the body. This proves to be an effective long-run strategy for losing body fat.