People who have decided to lose weight have sometimes found themselves asking a difficult question, should they do cardio or lift weights? Though these are 2 of the most popular forms of working out, it’s hard to know which is the better use of your time. Each person’s body is different and there is no one set answer to this question. What’s “best” for you may not be what’s “best” for someone else, so here are some benefits to each.
✅Doing hours of steady state cardio will not have a significant effect on your long-term weight loss or fat loss. However, for a short-term effect, cardio does burn more calories than resistance training in the same about of time. Remember, we are talking about steady state cardio, not interval training.
✅Resistance training (lifting weights) will have a MORE significant effect on your long-term weight loss/fat loss!
✅Resistance training will help you maintain or even increase your LEAN BODY MASS while losing weight!
✅More muscle=more caloric burn because muscle is more metabolically active than fat!
✅Resistance training will help improve your metabolism over time thus being more effective than cardio at increasing the number of calories you burn AFTER the workout is over.
🔑 CONSISTENCY and patience will pay off as well as the proper nutrition
🌟 So the answer to some peoples difficult question is…
When you combine:
➕CONSISTENT NUTRITION (Caloric deficit)
You will find a much more successful way to reach your long-term weight loss goal!
Intensity, duration, and consistency are the most important parts of your weight loss journey. Please take advantage of meeting with an Exercise Physiologist here at DHAC to learn more about what all of this means for you!
-Brynne B., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health