Myth: Cardio is Enough to Keep Fat Levels in Check

Myth: Cardio is Enough to Keep Fat Levels in CheckIf you are looking to lose weight, which exercise is better- cardio or weights? Personal trainer Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., says “It depends.” Donavanik explains that if you are simply battling your scale, then cardio is the way to go. You expect to see big fluctuation in body-weight simply because no muscle acquisition is taking place. However, if you want to not only lose tons of weight, but also tone up, then you can’t beat strength training. Cardio is known for burning high amounts of calories, but it doesn’t really benefit your muscles in any way. Strength training adds definition, burns calories as you are lifting, and burns calories for hours after you are finished. For every 3 pounds of muscle you gain, your body automatically burns an extra 120 calories per day. If you are searching for a more long-term approach to weight loss, strength training is the winner

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