Exercise is an important part of any weight loss program and has a significant role in determining your daily calorie goal.
But which is the BEST when it comes to losing weight? Cardio or strength training?
BOTH are equally important.
Let’s talk about why.
The number of calories you burn during exercise depends on your body size and how intensely you exercise. Generally, a cardio workout burns more calories than a strength training workout.
More calories burned = a bigger calorie deficit = more weight loss.
Cardio is also great not only for weight loss but overall health promotion and is known to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, possibly lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Strength training is also extremely important for weight loss and body composition goals.
Lifting weights as you are losing weight can help you preserve & possibly build muscle.
Having more muscle on your body can help increase your metabolism.
A higher metabolism translates to burning more calories at rest which means being able to eat MORE food compared to someone who has less muscle mass!
Apart from a physique and a weight loss perspective, strength training also provides additional benefits for overall health including bone development to protect against osteoporosis, joint protection from injury, and improvement in strength and balance.
As we can see, cardio and strength training BOTH provide great benefits for not only weight loss but overall health promotion.
But it’s also important to realize that some people may not be able to do cardio or strength training exercises due to medical conditions or physical limitations such as injuries.
And that’s completely okay.
Can you hit your weight loss goal without specifically engaging in cardio or strength training?
Definitely. It’s not a requirement to achieve results.
Although both cardio and strength training are great to include in your exercise routine, the absolute BEST exercise is the one that you can stick with long-term.
The one that helps you feel great and allows you to be consistent.
If there’s one thing we understand very well about sustainable weight loss is that consistency is far greater than trying everything to achieve perfection.