Cardio or Weight Training for Weight Loss

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What’s better?

Cardio or weight training for weight loss?


The fitness industry runs on a pendulum of extremes. Everything is either good or bad. Right or wrong. Healthy or unhealthy. Fattening or fat burning. Issue is, things aren’t that black and white. And creating these false dichotomies is what digs us further into fitness “ruts” that get harder and harder to climb out of.

Cardio for weight loss is the prime example.

For a long time, cardio for weight loss was THE thing. Everyone ran or biked or swam or roller skated or crushed Richard Simmons cardio workouts for weight loss from home.

Weight training for weight loss was “dangerous,” not “functional,” and only for “meat heads.”

Recently, though, this all changed.

Nowadays weight training for weight loss is the end-all-be-all of fitness, whereas cardio for weight loss is hated on and made fun of. Hell, I see coaches every day bragging about how they don’t do any cardio for weight loss whatsoever – only weight training – and stay shredded year round.

And that’s great. It really is.

But there’s more to fitness than staying shredded. And just because you don’t need to do something to get shredded, doesn’t mean it won’t help. Nor does it mean there aren’t a cauldron full of other benefits.

Truth is, both cardio and weight training have a metric ton of benefits, each of which complement the other especially for weight loss.

Between you and me, I don’t want to be a one trick pony. Sure, deadlifting 4x my body weight is great. But I also like running a 6min mile. And not getting winded every time I go up a flight of stairs. And, as weird as it sounds, I like finishing a workout out of breath and sweaty and feeling like I just murked 27 death eaters in a stand off in the heart of Diagon Alley.

For me, when it comes to the question of what’s better, “Cardio or Weight Training for Weight Loss?” The answer is simple:

Strategically doing both cardio and weight training for weight loss is better than either alone.

So you can be strong as all hell, and the fittest one in the room. You don’t have to choose – you can (and should) do both.
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