Since long, a raging debate has been going on between cardio and weightlifting. Previously, the answer to every query regarding weight loss was cardio. However, latest science ends all doubtsby declaring a clear winner. Before that, let’s have a look at the positive and negative sides of both.
• Various low-intensity workouts are available for losing fat.
• During sessions, cardio ensures very high calorie burn.
• Causes less fatigue as compared to weightlifting.
• Many different activities are possible to be incorporated, since there is a low barrier to entry.
• Even though the default cardio that people use is running, overrunning can result in strains and injuries, hence becoming problematic.
• Cardio at a moderate to intense rate affects hormonal balance,particularly to those with high cortisol levels.
• Unfit people find it difficult to get into, except at low intensity.
• A balanced physique is extremely difficult through cardio alone.
• A sustained spike in metabolism is created, which burns calories post-workout too.
• Helps to increase muscle mass quickly.
• For the unfit, it’s a low barrier to entry.
• Simultaneously increases fat-burning muscle mass while decreasing body fat.
• Needs more rest for recovery due to excessive fatigue.
• Rate of calories burnt per minute is lower.
• Increases hunger, but diet needs to be controlled to achieve success.
• Following inaccurate information leads to poor results.
From the list, it is deciphered that weightlifting is the winner.
Reason — Along with a more effective weight loss, weightlifting offers most of the health benefits of cardio.
However, that doesn’t mean you will stop cardio altogether. It is all about balance, so plan accordingly!