What’s up Live Leaners,
Today’s Live Lean TV topic is one of my favourites and one that so many people get confused on’¦especially all my Live Lean Ladies’¦how you doin’?
What’s more effective for fat loss: lifting weights or cardio aerobic training?
For all the traditional cardio lovers out there (who I have nothing but love for), I’m sure your side of the discussion will weigh heavily on the point that the primary energy source that weight training uses is NOT fat’¦it’s carbohydrates.
That’s true…but here are the…
Lets start with one of my favourite biochemicals’¦Noradrenaline. I just like to call her Nora though’¦how you doin’ Nora?
Mr. Weight Training is far more effective in turning ON Nora than Mr. Aerobic training. But why do we want to turn on Nora? Because when Nora is turned on, she then calls up her friends’¦ the Brown Fat Cells.
Now you may think activating fat cells is bad. But not when we’re talking about the beautiful brown ones. Brown fat cells are a category of fat that BURNS calories rather than STORING them. I talked about this in my book Awaken The Abs Within. Brown fat cells increase the rate at which you burn calories, in other words, they speed up your metabolism. Ah ya’¦brown fat cells’¦giggidy.
So to sum up this point, weight training turns ON Noradrenaline…then Nora activates more brown fat cells which helps burn MORE calories within a few hours after lifting weights.
MORE weight lifting, LESS aerobic training.
ok moving on’¦
Weight training INCREASES the natural production of one of my fav girls’¦Ms. Growth Hormone.
Of course all the guys understand the importance Ms. Growth Hormone, but what about the Ladies? Should you be interested in inviting Ms. Growth Hormone over for a cup of coffee?
Ms. Growth Hormone is a peptide hormone produced in your hypothalamus. One of her main roles in life is to regulate your BODY FAT and LEAN tissue. It’s also important for strong bones and a strong immune system.
When you perform high intensity exercises, like those found in my Live Lean Afterburn workout program, it produces a lot of lactic acid in your body. You know that burn you feel during an intense exercise? That’s lactic acid.
When this increases, your blood pH levels drops which then creates the release of growth hormone.
So remember, the fastest way to lose fat is to stimulate the release of growth hormone by lifting weights. Not aerobic training.
MORE weight lifting, LESS aerobic training.
On to the last one…
You’re more likely to produce higher levels of cortisol and free radicals via aerobic training than weight training.
Coritsol is labelled as the stress hormone. He’s kind of like that annoying friend that always drags you to do things that INCREASES your body fat and STOPS you from building muscle.
All those people that do endless hours of steady state cardio have A LOT of cortisol pumping through their body. Excessive cortisol INCREASES body fat, especially in the belly, and stops you from building muscle.
But remember’¦ what you eat is also very important when it comes to losing fat.
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Lets also get a conversation going in the comments section below’¦
I wanna hear your fat loss experiences with lifting weights vs. aerobic training. What method gave you better overall results? Leave your answer in the comment section below.
– What method of training have you had better fat loss results with: weight training or aerobic cardio?
– Were you following a designed workout program? If so, which one?
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.