Cardio VS. Strength Training: The Best Way to Burn Fat

 

And the best way to burn fat is...


Actually, there is no 'best way',. There are many ways to skin that cat.  


But there are a few necessary ingredients in any intelligent fat burning plan. 


While cardio has it's place, the main one (outside of nutrition), is strength training. 


This surprises a lot of people. When you think weight loss (or fat loss), cardio might be the first thing that jumps into your mind. And for good reason. Cardio is very helpful. 


But cardio is really just the icing on the cake, and strength training is the cake. 


Here's why:
 

  • Strength training builds lean tissue, which boosts your metabolism. This means you're burning more calories and in turn more fat all day long. Even while you sleep. 
  • Strength training changes the way your body utilizes nutrients. This means nutrients that you used to store as fat become fuel for your brand new hard working muscles. 
  • Strength training causes something called metabolic disturbance. This is just a fancy way of saying it throws your body for a loop, and in turn your body spends a whole lot of calories getting things back to normal. Have you ever heard of after burn? The idea that your body burns a bunch of calories for hours even after you stop a high intensity training session? That's exactly what metabolic disturbance is.
  • Strength training builds strength. Obviously, right? That means you're more capable during all your workouts, meaning you are able to do more work, and burn more calories when you train. That's a pretty sweet advantage. 

 

One of the most common traps people fall into is the cardio trap. The cardio trap has you doing nothing but cardio in pursuit of a leaner, healthier body. That's like icing without the cake (I actually kinda like icing without the cake...but I'm weird like that). 



Your results will improve drastically when you incorporate a solid strength training plan, and this is exactly why we've made the combination of strength and cardio training the focus of RESULTS Training. 




What If I Don't Want to Get Too Bulky? 


This is still the number one reason why most people shy away from strength training. The fear of becoming bulky, or muscley. 


I get that. Fitness marketing has perpetuated this concern (myth) for decades. 


Let's put that to rest so you can finally start making all those amazing changes to your body you want to make. Take a look at the picture below. 

This picture shows us what 5 lbs of fat looks like next to 5 lbs of muscle. The 5 lbs of muscle is much smaller than the glob of fat. 


So picture this. You could lose 25 lbs of fat, and at the same time gain 25 lbs of muscle, only you would look completely different. In fact, you would be much smaller, leaner and appear more toned. 


Not only that, but you would be stronger, healthier, and your metabolism would be cranked up to high. 


Strength training is not only helpful when it comes to getting lean and healthy, it's a crucial ingredient. 

 

If you want to completely change your body by adding strength training to your plan, but have no idea where to start, join us for a free Results Training session.

 

Check it out HERE to try it out. The first session is on us. 

 

Written by Mitch Heaslip