If the average person was asked how to burn fat, they would immediately blurt out "Do more cardio!" and if you asked them how to build muscle they would say "Lift heavy weights!". However, this is the furthest from the truth!
This blog post will prove why weights top cardio when it comes to fat loss for numerous reasons.
Can you still achieve fat loss by only lifting weights? Yes!
The thought that you can only burn fat by doing cardio is nothing more than a myth and can truly hinder your progress if fall for this misconception.
This is why.
Weight training boosts/increases your metabolic rate post workout.
The first reason why weight training is better than cardio is the amount of calories that are burned after you finish your workout.
Studies show that after a weight training workout, your metabolism can be boosted for up to 36 hours following the training session. For example, while you are hanging out at home watching the football game or reading a book, you will burn say 50 calories instead of 30. While you may think, 'That is no big deal, its only 10 calories', this can make a huge difference when you multiply this over the course of 36 hours.
When you think about this in the long term, you can see how measurable the results of a weight training session can be on your overall calorie burn and metabolism.
When doing cardio, you might burn an extra 40-80 calorie after a moderate workout. It all depends on how intense the workout is as well.
To burn a high amount of calories post-cardio, you would have to have a fairly long session, and usually those are fit enough to have a cardio session that long are not worried about fat loss in the first place.
Now, if you are sprinting, this will create an effect on your metabolism closer to lifting weights. HIIT cardio is a great example of this. However, you would have to run full speed sprints for a long period time and this is something that is very difficult for most people.
What I just explained breaks down fat loss and metabolic increases in the short term. Burning more calories and fat is great in the short term, but what bout over the course of a week or month?
Weight training increases your overall lean muscle mass, which is one of the best fat burners out there! Lean muscle will help you burn fat 24/7.
The higher your lean mass, the higher your metabolic rate will be. Put these two together, and your body will be burning a higher amount of calories all the time.
Let me put this into perspective. Have you ever noticed how males can typically eat more than females without gaining weight? This is due to the fact they have a higher amount of lean muscle mass on their body, and they are burning more calories around the clock.