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    Discussion in 'Training' started by Garv Singhal, Apr 22, 2024.

    1. Garv Singhal

      Garv Singhal Member

      Nov 2023
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      When it comes to fat loss, many beginners get's into the most confusing question which is "To do cardio more or to step into strength training for extreme fat loss?"

      So, let's break it down.

      When a beginner engaged in cardio, he/she burns more calories as compared to strength training, but only during the cardio session.

      While when a beginner is engaged in strength training, it helps beginner to build lean muscle, which is metabolically active.

      In other words, strength training helps you to increase your muscle metabolism which then increases your resting metabolic rate.

      But, what's the benefit for increased metabolism?

      This will help you to lose weight while you're resting in your couch or while watching TV.

      At last, cardio will help you to burn calories only when engaged in session, while strength training helps you to burn calories during the session also after the workout ends, it is like your body works as a calorie burning machine.
    2. admin

      admin Administrator

      Dec 2012
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      This topic is right up my street!

      When it comes to fat loss, both cardio and weightlifting play crucial roles, but they serve different purposes and offer unique benefits.

      • Caloric Burn: Cardio exercises like running, cycling, and swimming are excellent for burning calories during the activity. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is particularly effective as it combines intense bursts of activity with short rest periods, boosting your metabolic rate even after the workout.
      • Heart Health: Regular cardio strengthens the heart and improves overall cardiovascular health.
      • Muscle Preservation: Weightlifting is essential for preserving muscle mass while losing fat. Muscle tissue is metabolically active, meaning it burns calories even at rest. More muscle equates to a higher resting metabolic rate.
      • Body Composition: Lifting weights helps sculpt and tone the body, improving overall body composition by increasing muscle mass and decreasing fat.
      Combining Both: For optimal fat loss, a combination of both cardio and weightlifting is recommended. Here’s a possible approach:
      • Frequency: Aim for 3-4 days of weightlifting and 2-3 days of cardio per week.
      • Intensity and Variety: Mix steady-state cardio with HIIT sessions and vary your weightlifting routines to target different muscle groups.
      • Nutrition: Don’t forget the importance of a balanced diet. Consuming adequate protein supports muscle repair and growth, while a caloric deficit is necessary for fat loss.
      Ultimately, the best approach depends on your specific goals, preferences, and physical condition. Some might prefer more cardio, others more weightlifting, but integrating both will yield the best results for overall fitness and fat loss.

      I hope this helps, and feel free to ask more questions or share your experiences!

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