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What is more effective for weight loss: Cardio or weight training?

What is more effective for weight loss: Cardio or weight training?

Losing weight is not everyone cups of tea.  There are many myths and numerous opinion that what we should do to lose weight. Actually, when we decide to lose weight, the very first thing that comes to our mind is cardio. Weight training is never on the priority list. Probably, it’s because the calorie burning advantage weight training has is yet not recognized. People still do not have sufficient knowledge about weight training programmes. For them, weight training is only required when they want to build muscles and thus, weight training takes a back seat when it comes to weight loss.
Although there is no denying that cardio has many benefits when it comes to fat loss, but here we bring to you various advantages that weight training programme can also have on your weight loss journey.In this article, we will discuss all the aspect regarding losing weight.

The logic

With the right diet and training, everyone is capable of getting 5 pounds of muscles in a year. And just to remain there, each 1 pound of muscle uses approximately 40-60 calories per day. This means your metabolism will use approximately 50 calories per day to sustain that muscle. This comes out to be 250 calories that you will be burning in a day (50 calories X 5 pounds).

The problem

For men, it’s a good idea as they want to look muscular and bulky. But now if we talk about women, they still would not want to follow this advice as they don’t want to look big and bulky. We all know how exactly 5 pounds of fat looks like. We can see a noticeable change when we gain or lose 5 pounds of fat. But, what you are unfamiliar with is what 5 pounds of muscle (not fat) would look like. Muscle is much denser as compared to fat. It goes without saying that cardio is a great way to burn calories. But once you are done with cardio, you are done burning the calories as well. But weight training keeps your metabolism up even after an hour after you are done. Also, the muscles that you build helps you burn calories just by staying there in your body.


The number of calories one burns during an exercise depends on their body size, the type of exercise they are doing and for how long they are doing it. If we compare, then a cardio workout burns more calories than weight training in the same amount of time. But weight training boosts your metabolism over time. Also, weight training is typically more effective in burning calories after a workout. Even when you do nothing, you can burn calories every day, because of the muscles that are resting in your body. Building muscles takes time but is also more effective in the long run for weight loss.

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