On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m discussing which is better for weight loss, cardio or weight training?
This is one of my favorite topics and one that so many people get confused on.
Especially all the Live Lean ladies.
What is the superior method for fat loss?
For all the traditional cardio lovers out there, 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.
Yes, it’s true that weight training primarily uses carbohydrates.
But that’s not the whole truth.
Let’s start off by talking about the biochemical, noradrenaline.
Weight training is far more effective in producing noradrenaline than aerobic cardio training.
So why is this important?
When noradrenaline is produced, it helps activate the brown fat cells in your body.
Now you may think activating fat cells is bad, but not when we’re talking about brown fat cells.
Brown fat cells are a category of fat that burns calories rather than storing them.
I talk about this in my book Awaken The Abs Within.
Brown fat cells increase the rate at which you burn calories.
In other words, brown fat cells help to speed up your metabolism.
So let’s sum up this point.
Weight training is more effective in producing noradrenaline than aerobic cardio.
This production of noradrenaline then activates more brown fat cells, which helps burn more calories within a few hours after lifting weights.
So to increase the production of noradrenaline, spend more time on weight lifting and less time on aerobic cardio training.
Ok, let’s move on to the next point.
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Weight training increases the natural production of growth hormone.
Most guys probably understand the importance growth hormone.
But what about the ladies?
Should women be interested in increasing your natural production of growth hormone?
Growth hormone is a peptide hormone produced in your hypothalamus.
One of the main roles of growth hormone is to regulate your body fat and lean muscle tissue.
A healthy production of growth hormone is 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 drop, which then creates the release of growth hormone.
So remember, the fastest way to lose fat and stimulate the release of growth hormone, is by lifting weights, not aerobic cardio training.
Again, more weight lifting, less aerobic cardio training.
Let’s move on to the last reason.
You’re more likely to produce higher levels of cortisol and free radicals via aerobic cardio training than weight training.
Cortisol is often labelled as the stress hormone.
Think of cortisol as 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 I want to hear your fat loss experiences of lifting weights vs aerobic cardio training.
What method gave you better overall results.
Leave your answer in the comment section below and let’s get a conversation going.
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