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Cardio vs Weight Lifting: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?

Written by Maya Expert Team

After the Eid holidays, it seems we all have gained a little bit of weight and that tummy is making life full of difficulties this summer.  We all know gaining weight is a lot easier than losing weight!

The challenge in losing weight is being determined and staying away from that extra packet of Lays, right?

Now that you have made up your mind about really losing weight, few tricky questions will pop up and those are:

  1. From where to start?
  2. What technique to use?  
  3. How to keep track?

Brace yourself because we will tackle these questions in 3, 2, 1……….

First things first, if you really want to lose weight, just start by doing any kind of movement. Losing weight is like mathematics, for example, it’s all about the calories you intake and the calories you burn.  On a small note: make sure the calories you take should be coming from healthy foods.

Now the trickiest question is, What strategy or techniques to use to lose weight?!!! We have something to show you.

The Champion VS The Underdog  (Cardio VS Weight lifting)

Cardio has always been the champ because let’s face it,  it’s very effective. Running, jogging, cycling, and swimming are the best options when it comes to cardio exercise.  And keeping cardio in your regular daily routine will change everything. You will start to see changes in your body quickly

On the other hand weight, lifting has always been the underdog when it comes to losing weight. weight lifting has always been known for gaining weight rather than losing weight but sometimes there is an exception.

Weight lifting workout doesn’t typically burn as many calories as a cardio workout.  But it has other important benefits, for example, weight lifting is more effective than cardio at building muscles, and muscle burns more calories at rest than some other tissues, including fat.

Because of this, it is commonly said that building muscle is the key to increasing your resting metabolism that is, how many calories you burn While resting.

To put it in a simple way, weight training may improve your metabolism over time, although the changes aren’t huge. Also, weight training is typically more effective than cardio at increasing the number of calories you burn after a workout.

So, Now this creates a confusion right!

It’s very simple actually, Do both! 20 minutes of cardio then 10 min of weight lifting every day, 3-4 days a week will do the job.  But remember it takes two to do the job properly, in this case, the other half is a healthy diet.

The bottom line is, Keys to losing weight are effective exercise and a healthy diet.

A healthy diet and a good exercise program are two of the most critical factors for long-term weight loss success. Weight loss programs that include exercise can lead to greater weight loss and better weight maintenance over time.

Note: Please keep in mind that exercise & diet numeric amount may vary from person to person depending on weight, height, and current health condition. This article is based on a general perspective.

 

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