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Cardio vs. Weights: Which is Better for Weight Loss?

Tone your muscles with weight training. Toned muscles look good and increase your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories 24 hours-a-day!

But what is better for weight loss? Cardio or Weights?

The simple answer is both. But what really matters is the way you train, the system you train under, and your lifestyle.

These days, even the Jillian 30 Day Workout Programs (30 Day Shred & Ripped in 30) incorporate both during the same workout. Most “cardio” work has an element of resistance training, either in the form of added weight or plyometric movements, while most “weight lifting” work has a cardio element because it’s done in circuits.

While we’re at it, let me dispel two myths. Working out with weights does not make you bulky. Gaining bulk is hard. It takes a ton of energy for your body to add muscle.

Secondly, low-impact cardio doesn’t build muscle. Modern cardio training, on the other hand, is usually a mix of aerobic and anaerobic training. And this DOES builds muscle.

Look at the results from INSANITY and  P90X. INSANITY is a “cardio” program that uses no equipment. P90X, on the other hand, requires you to lift weights every other day. Yet, the results you’ll see from the two programs are remarkably similar. People tend to both lose weight and gain muscle. Adding muscle increases your metabolism and that’s what helps you lose weight  (as long as you’re watching what you eat).

The best way to lose weight is to follow a system that includes workout, diet, sleep, and supplements. Best supplements? Stay tuned…….

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This entry was posted on June 27th, 2013 at 8:01 am

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