Updated: May 7
Were breaking down both types of training to help you identify the best workout for your body.
Welcome back. I get asked this question a lot. Should I do more cardio to lose weight or more weight training? I stepped back for a moment and thought to myself this person is confused. The reality of the situation is that people are so fixated on weight loss that they forget the most important part of getting in shape. "GAINING LEAN MUSCLE TISSUE”. People get off the scale! Measure your success on how you look and inches lost, not just weight loss. I tend to get asked (mostly by women), "How do I lose weight but not gain muscle?". Society and women in general have developed this stereotype that if you pick up a weight you will turn into a world body builder and powerlifter exuding intense amounts of muscle definition. I can't help but laugh at this.
Gaining lean muscle tissue is your friend, not your foe. The more muscle you have the more effective your body becomes at burning fat. When we focus purely on weight loss, 9 times out 10 lose VALUABLE muscle tissue. They may lose the weight, but I guarantee you their body fat either remained the same or increased. Which means your body went into atrophy. Translated means muscle loss and not enough QUALITY intake of calories. If I were to choose between the two, it would definitely be weight training. Now ladies I know what you’re thinking I don't want to get to big. Do worry, your body doesn’t produce testosterone or not enough to cause the massive muscle gain you fear.
There are different types of weight training also. You need to find the one that fits into your game plan.
One of the main reasons I would choose weight training versus cardio is the amount of calories and fat loss burned AFTER the workout. By doing high reps with short rest periods in between, your body will burn up more glycogen (your body's carb storage facilitator). Also keep in mind you need to have a good understanding on basic nutrition and how the body uses food for energy.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to burn fat at rest? "NEWS FLASH" you can!
Weightlifting does exactly that. In order to continue burning fat from strictly cardio you would have to do it for a long time at a high intensity. The average person won't be able to do that. Which leads back to weight training. Post-workout fat loss is what you get when you weight train, not running 5 miles on the treadmill. Don't get me wrong, cardio is great for the heart and stamina. However, it will do nothing if you're trying to tone and contour your body or gain lean muscle tissue. You will just be a smaller version of your original self. You will become a skinny fat person.
This is the same as someone who is naturally skinny but does not workout, skinny does not mean healthy. I mean no disrespect while making that last statement. I've been in the business for a long time and I see it every day. We try to lose weight quickly and completely forgetting the most important part, "FAT AND INCHES LOST". Obtaining lean muscle tissue does that for you. Instead of doing 45 minutes of cardio everyday, try 20 to boost your heart rate and follow it with a 40 minute weight training session.