Many people think that if you want to lose fat, you should do more cardio, and that if you want to build muscle, you should lift weights. But it's not that simple.
Falling for the common misconception that you need to do cardio to lose weight is one of the biggest mistakes you could make and could hinder your progress.
🔥Weight Training Increases Short-Term Calorie Burn
The first reason we are going to give weight training a point in the fat-loss war against cardio is due to the calorie burn after the workout is completed. Studies have demonstrated that after a weight-training workout, metabolism can be boosted for up to 38 hours post-workout.
Sprinting is a slightly different story and will create effects with your metabolic rate closer to that of weight lifting, so that's something to consider as well. However, you must be sprinting hard in order to see the benefits, which is something some people struggle with.
🔥Weight Training Increases Long-Term Calorie Burn
The second factor to consider in the fat-loss war is long-term metabolic increases.
What weight training will enable you to do is build up a larger degree of lean muscle mass, which then basically serves as a calorie-burning powerhouse in the body.
The more muscle you have on your body, the higher this rate will be and the better the calorie-burning results you will obtain 24/7.
This is the primary reason males can typically eat more than females without gaining weight—they have more lean muscle mass on their body, thus they are burning more calories around-the-clock.
🔥Weight Training And Total Body Reshaping
Cardio training will generally help you lose weight, however, this weight loss is typically a combination of fat and muscle, so what you're left with is a smaller version of your current self.
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 their muscles aren't overly toned.
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