I am not sure if you have heard, but you do not need to run to be thin. But cardio, more accurately aerobic exercise, is often promoted as THE BEST STRATEGY for weight loss. Aerobic exercises are touted as:
- Burning more calories in a shorter period of time.
- Cheap, all you need is a pair of shoes and ground to walk all.
- Supposedly higher fat burning.
- And more.
The truth is that long duration, aerobic activities are not the most effective, efficient strategies for fat loss.
I could tell you all the benefits of strength training. But you can Google that and come up with some pretty respectable answers. What I want to tell you are a few reasons WHY strength training is better than aerobic exercise for fat loss and weight maintenance.
After exercise , the body continues to need oxygen at a higher rate than before the exercise began. This sustained oxygen consumption is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Because of this, the body continues to expend energy after exercise and therefore burn calories. Research shows that EPOC is greater after resistance training than it is after aerobic exercises – likely as a result of greater intensity and disruption to the body’s homeostasis.
While you may burn more calories during 30 minutes of aerobic training than you will with 30 minutes of strength training (not always the case!), you will burn more calories in the hours following strength training than you will in the hours following aerobic training because of EPOC.
MORAL: Strength training ultimately burns more calories than aerobic training.
Muscle burns calories – fat does not
I know you have heard it, “Muscle burns more calories than fat.” I hate this phrase – because it implies that fat would burn some amount of calories. It does not!
Want to see results from only working out 3-5 hours a week? It’s possible! I have done it and so have many of my clients.
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