There is a widespread notion among many people, among gym goers that weight training to build muscle and cardio is for weight loss. The truth is that weight training not only helps you burn calories while you are doing, but also continue to burn fat long after you’ve stopped exercising.
Icon Fitness Kris Anderson writes in his book The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body, ‘when you start training with weights regularly, your muscles grow, they become more dense and burn more calories each day and night. Although the heart rate monitor is a great way to help in fat loss, fat Burns only while you are performing the exercise, not all day. Lifting weights and adding lean muscle instead, turn your body into a calorie-burning-time. If you were to add only 5 pounds of muscle to your frame, you can burn another 250-300 calories a day – that’s a whole meal for some people! ‘
The main reason for this is the muscle that is added to your body through strength training. When you’re lifting weights, muscle tissues are torn to stress the microscopic level and then rebuild themselves. While this new muscle is ‘created’ your body burns calories, thus facilitating a better weight loss.
Of course, we’re not saying it is not bad, in fact, cardio cardio (twice a day, when on your non-workout days) in combination with weights three times a week is the perfect recipe for weight loss. It needs to have a healthy diet in the round that will facilitate the gradual loss of weight, rather than those that will ensure that all the weight back once you stop the weight-loss diet. Trust me, I’ve lost 40 pounds, with a combined regimen of weight training and cardio, and all that he has lost weight has never made a comeback!