In your path to fat loss, you may wonder which route is better: weight training or running? The typical response from a gym goer is to say that upping the cardio component of your workout with running will be the best way to lose pounds, while weight training results will result in weight gain. However, this is a misconception! Weight training is great for burning calories and here’s why:
Metabolism Boost Post-Workout
After weight training, your metabolism can increase for up to 36 hours. This means that you are burning calories at a higher number per hour while you’re sitting on the couch watching TV. This can result in several calories burned over that period, even if you’re only boosting your metabolic rate by about ten calories per hour.
Lengthy Metabolic Increases
Weight training also results in metabolic increases over the long term. While the 36-hour increase is great, it won’t be useful for weight loss unless you regularly engage in this routine (although you should be doing that anyway, we’re just making a point here).
The long-term results happen because weight training enables you to increase the amount of lean muscle you have. Essentially, you’re turning your body into a calorie burning machine! Even when you sleep, your rate of calorie burn (as measured by your BMR) is going to increase because more muscle mass means better calorie burning results. This is true any time of the day.
Sure, you would lose weight if you were doing long periods of running or other cardio but, well, you could get bored with the monotony (unlike weight training, where there are so many options), and you would have to make sure you’re not eating more calories than you lose. The reality is that when it comes to shedding pounds, weight training is more beneficial than running.