Almost everyone who joins the gym has a question lingering in their minds, whether they should lift weights or do cardio to lose weight. Before we dive right into answering your questions let us see what Cardio and weight training actually are and how do they help.
Cardio is the type of exercise that deals with the cardio-vascular system and depends upon body weight. Cardio increases the amount of oxygen reaching the cells which enables the cells to burn fat and calories. For most activities, the more you weigh, the more calories you will burn. If you weigh 160 pounds (73 kg), you will burn about 250 calories per 30 minutes of jogging at a moderate pace. More calories are burnt per session during cardio. Most of the cardio exercises include walking, running, jumping, swimming, etc.
The textbook definition of Weight Training is as follows: “Weight training is a common type of strength training for developing the strength and size of skeletal muscles.” it is commonly said that building muscle is the key to increasing your metabolism — that is, how many calories you burn at rest. Research has shown that you burn more calories in the hours following a weight training session, compared to a cardio workout. This means that the calorie-burning benefits of weights aren’t limited to when you are exercising.
So in conclusion of the above discussed subjects it is a clear indication that weight training not only helps build muscle but also helps in burning calories during rest phase. This makes it better than Cardio for weight loss.
To maintain a good body structure or to lose weight in a healthy way both weight training and cardio accompanied by other exercises needs to be structured and followed. As too much of one type of exercise can have adverse effects on the body.
No matter what kind of exercise you do to maintain your body if you do not follow a diet no matter it be Cardio or Weight Training, it will be very tough to see results.
So keep healthy follow a diet and keep working your body till it reaches its full potential.