FAT LOSS METHOD- This article explains why starting with intense cardio can be a terrible mistake for your long-term weight loss goals.
Cardio machines or going for a run can be quite alluring for most people who are looking for fat loss, to shed a typical 10-20 pounds. I have been doing research on cardio induced weight loss and the prevalence of related injuries. High-intensity cardio without weight training can actually lead to muscle loss and bone density. Without a structural muscular tolerance, people will often get leg injuries, particularly those in the Achilles tendon. To make matters worse, the loss of muscle will have a negative impact on your metabolism and your ability to keep weight off. To put it simply, starting or only making your weight loss regimen based on cardio will lead you down a path of injuries and long-term weight gain. Finding a trainer to teach you the fundamentals of weight training is essential for long-term success with fat loss.
So what’s better – cardio or strength training?
There has long been a debate about strength training vs cardio for fat loss. Most trainers will recommend going through build/burn and periodization phases of training. Cardio induced weight loss is quite simply a short-term solution, hence why such a huge percentage of people put the weight back on. The science is still out as to of how many calories each pound of muscle burns but it is said to be anywhere between 6 to 30 per day. Strength training in this respect is far better at boosting your metabolism and turning your body into a fat burning machine! Where you’ll want to introduce cardio is in the later stages of a workout program, after you taken the right steps to boost your metabolism and build lean muscle.
Some strength training workouts can even double as cardio: A recent study by the American Council on Exercise found that kettlebell exercises can burn up to 20 calories a minute—the equivalent of running at a 6-minute mile pace! Maximize your weekly workouts weight-loss benefits by incorporating up to four non-consecutive days a week of resistance-based exercise. Many other studies show that it’s not about the duration of length for each workout, but rather the intensity of it. Anaerobic exercises have been shown to be more beneficial and easier on your joints than going on long aerobic runs.
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