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What is better for weight loss, cardio or weight training?

Wow, this question. If I had a pound for every time I have been asked this i’d be a very rich man. Hopefully, after reading this, a few less people will be .

So you want to lose weight and you’re wondering if you should be doing weights or cardio. You want to lose weight in the fastest time possible and don’t want to be wasting your time doing the wrong thing. So which do you choose?

Firstly, I’ll state this... we do not do weight training to directly lose weight. We weight train to stimulate muscles, prevent muscle atrophy, achieve muscle hypertrophy, move joints through range of motions under load preventing osteoporosis and mentally relieve stress.

We also don’t do cardio to lose weight, we do cardio to increase lung capacity, increase the efficiency of the heart and reduce the risk of heart disease.

So, the answer to question is neither.

My clients are often shocked todiscover that an hour on a treadmill will burn little more than 150 Calories.

Perhaps even more suprising is that an hour of weight training will burn through around 125 calories.

In the grand scheme of things, is 150 calories worth an hour of your time? Probably not.

So what should you do then? The easiest way to lose 150 calories is TO NOT EAT THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!

What’s going to be easier? An hour on a treadmill or not eating a dairy milk bar in the evening? I know which one I find easiest.

In summary, before wondering what exercise is going to help you lose weight, sort out the most important piece of the puzzle. Your diet. In terrms of health benefits, weight training is far superior to cardio. However in terms of weight loss, it really doesn’t matter which you do unless you have sorted your diet out.

lterms of health benefits, weight training is far superior to cardio. However in terms of weight loss, it really doesn’t matter which you do unless you have sorted your diet out.