The forever disputed argument: which is the best for weight loss? Cardio or weight lifting. There has always been that misconception
that cardio is the way to go when it comes to loosing weight, but it can actually be counterproductive. If burning fat is the goal; weightlifting is your best option with few sessions of HIIT !
1. Metabolism Picks Up
Weightlifting stimulates lipolysis, fat break down and release, increasing your metabolism long after training.
Metabolism stays elevated days after lifting as the body repairs the muscle.
2. Muscle Burns Fat
Research has shown that having more muscle means your resting metabolic rate will be higher. This means your body will be consistently burning more calories all day than just when you do 30/ 40 minutes of cardio in the morning.
3. Fights Osteoporosis
Muscles adapt to the stress of weightlifting by becoming bigger and stronger, so do your bones.
4. Weights Lift Mental Strengths
When you integrate weights into your fitness regimen, you begin to challenge your body in different ways. You use your mind to push yourself beyond the zone of comfort.
Don’t get me wrong, if cardio is your stress reliever, keep doing it. But you can’t argue with research. Weight Lifting will burn more calories when build muscle mass, while long distance on the treadmill makes your body efficient at conserving energy and as you increase endurance, you’ll gradually start burning fewer calories during your runs.
Throw out those negative thoughts about lifting and start picking up those weights! Ease it into your regimen slowly, try weightlifting 3 to 4 times a week with some cardio, slowly add more weights into your schedule and watch the toning commence and the pounds drop.