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Part 2 – Why Weight Training CRUSHES Cardio When It Comes To Fat Loss
[/fusion_text][fusion_text]When you think of working out to lose weight, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Spending hours and hours (and more hours) on the treadmill, pouring sweat..
Trapped in front of a TV where you are forced to watch the “Footy”, because the alternative is staring at a brick wall (which is probably more interesting tbh)
But the thing is… NONE of this is necessary for losing body fat.
In the long run, all you are going to lose by slaving away on those cardio machines, is buckets of your own sweat. Those endless, boring cardio sessions are about as useless as a pair of chocolate hair straighteners (and much less delicious).
What’s wrong with cardio?
Why do we do cardio? Because it burns calories (you know this already)
But the big problem with doing cardio for fat loss, is that the ONLY thing it does is burn calories…
A great way to think about this is like renting a house:
You pay your rent every month so that you have a place to live… but at the end of the year, you’re still in EXACTLY the same position (just £10,000 poorer)
It’s the same thing with cardio – you burn those calories in the gym every day but at the end of the week you are in EXACTLY the same position in terms of how much food you can eat – you might have lost some fat but it’s JUST as easy to put it back on again.
Well, there’s one more thing cardio does (it’s not a “benefit” though):
Cardio also burns muscle mass.
And what does muscle do? It makes you feel tight and toned.
So overdo the cardio and you’ll burn your hard-earned muscle — all you end up with is skin, fat and bone — you’ll feel like a sack of bones filled with porridge!
Not sexy or confidence-building, I think you’ll agree.
So, what’s the alternative?
Back to the “house” talk but about BUYING this time:
Imagine you buy your own place. You spend £10,000 on mortgage payments BUT you actually own something… In short – you have made an INVESTMENT which puts you in a BETTER position in the future.
and eventually… You will OWN that house outright and rent payments will be a thing of the past.
Much better, I’m sure you will agree!
So… what is the workout equivalent of “buying a house” or “investing”?
It’s that thing we bang on about all the time of course:
Weight training – Lifting up heavy things and putting them down again.
But what is so magical about this? Why does weight training count as an “investment”?
Well… it comes down to three things really:
- Believe it or not, lifting weights still burns calories (there’s nothing magical about cardio). So you’re getting all the “fat burning” benefits of cardio plus…
- Lifting weights builds muscle (don’t freak out). That means “toning up” and putting sexy CURVES in all the right places – that’s right, a peachy, toned behind is actually made of muscle.
- And… as a result of this “muscle building” your metabolism will speed up. Meaning you can eat MORE food without getting fat. AKA an INVESTMENT.
So those are three great reasons… but #3 is the big one. That “investment factor” is the main advantage you get with lifting weights… being able to eat MORE food, making it HARDER to put all that weight back on again!
Oh and one last thing to prove my point…
Check out the difference between a girl who’s done a ton of cardio (big RESPECT to Paula, she’s incredible, but breaking marathon records isn’t your goal!) and a girl who’s lifted weights a few times a week:
So, weight training gives you all the calorie-burning benefits you get from cardio PLUS the added benefit of helping you get more toned and increasing your metabolism so you can eat more food than ever.
The flip-side is doing cardio EVERY day but STILL having to eternally starve yourself with pathetic little meals to avoid gaining weight. That’s no way to live I’m sure you’ll agree!
So, in summary:
Cardio = starve yourself forever
Lifting weights = eat like a horse and get lean and toned
[/fusion_text][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”40″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]So now you understand that weight training isn’t just empowering, it CRUSHES cardio when it comes to getting in shape. Now, if you’re ready, click below to keep learning and find out How Much Weight To Use In The Gym To Maximise Your Results:[/fusion_text]