Cardio vs Weight Training
You’ve been on the elliptical machine for the last 4 months and haven’t seen much if any fat loss….what gives?
After all you’ve always been told that if you want to be healthy and loss body fat you must do cardio. Even if you’ve had your suspicions that you needed to do more you haven’t because you figured that as long as you were moving more than you did before you would burn fat…..well, you were wrong!
Imagine if I told you that you can both lower your body fat percentage, increase your aerobic capacity and get stronger all at the same time. well you can.
One Journal of sports science and medicine study found that people who cranked out a 20 minute interval strength workout that included pushups, burpees, squats and lunges burned an average of 15 calories per minute.
Meanwhile, when, in a 2015 Obesity study, Harvard researchers followed 10,500 men for 12 years, they found that those who strength trained gained less abdominal fat, a marker of overall health, compared to those who spent the same amount of time performing traditional cardio workouts.
BUT WHHHHHY….I HATE WEIGHTS?
The answer is simple…not only do you burn more calories in the same amount of time, but you also have the “after burn effect” with weights that you don’t get with cardio.
Some studies have shown that the “after burn” effect can burn more calories than your regular maintenance calories (the amount of calories needed to maintain your current body weight) for many hours post workout.