Cardio VS Resistance Training
If you’re currently on a weight loss diet hoping to see good results, the second piece of the puzzle that you must also make sure you’re getting in is the exercise side of things.
Exercise and diet do go hand in hand to produce the most optimal results, so you really should get both into the picture if you want to see the success that you’re after.
That said, not all exercise is created equally, so if you want to be sure that you get the results you’re after, you need to choose your mode properly.
Sadly, the type of exercise most people gravitate to – lots of long duration, moderate intensity cardio training, is actually the worst variety that you could perform.
Let’s go over what you need to know for optimal results.
Why Long Duration Cardio Is Not A Wise Move
The very first thing that you need to come to understand is why long duration cardio is not the best choice. The problem here is that first, it doesn’t really challenge you on a physical level. How exhausted are you really after that cardio session? You might be tired simply because you did it for so long, but you are definitely not challenged and exhausted.
Second, this form of cardio is going to do nothing to boost your metabolic rate, so as soon as you stop doing it, your calorie burning comes to a halt.
Furthermore, it’s not going to do anything to help build you lean muscle mass either, and in some cases, it may even cause you to break down lean muscle mass tissue.
Those who do hours and hours of moderate cardio on end actually tend to end up looking softer and less firm and fit than those who don’t.
The reason is because while they may lose some weight, they lose primarily muscle mass, not fat mass. This causes them to end up looking ‘skinny fat’, which needs to be avoided.
Why Resistance Training Is Superior
So what’s the superior method? Resistance training.
Not only will resistance training burn plenty of calories while you do it if you keep up the pace, but you’ll continue to burn fat and calories for 24 hours after the session is over. This is a win-win for creating the calorie deficit required for overall fat burning to take place.
In addition to that, resistance training has the power to completely change the way your body looks. You can build up certain areas, adding curves to your body in all the right places, while slimming other areas.
Furthermore, resistance training improves your functional fitness level far better since you’ll actually gain practical strength that you can use on a day to day basis.
So as you can see, for all of these reasons, you really do need to abandon the cardio training entirely and instead, focus on resistance training exercise along with your weight loss diet program. If you do this, you will be far happier with the results you’ll be seeing.