Can strength training lose belly fat?
Resistance training becomes increasingly important as we age, for many reasons, including reducing the accumulation of belly fat. A study published in a 2013 issue of the International Journal of Cardiology showed that high-intensity resistance training induces faster belly fat loss than cardio activity alone.
Should I do more cardio or weights to lose belly fat?
Cardio has been shown to specifically reduce visceral fat, meaning belly fat. While it’s clear weight training burns fat better than cardio, cardio training may target the waistline more specifically than lifting weights. That’s a huge benefit, as many people are actively seeking to cut inches around the midsection.
Why does strength training burn fat?
Strength training specifically leads to gain lean muscle gain. These are fat-free tissues that are highly metabolic, allowing more caloric burns than any other tissue in the body. Essentially, this is why strength training works best: it loses fat while maintaining muscles that burn calories.
Why am I not losing any belly fat?
Unhealthy eating is the biggest driver of big bellies. Too many starchy carbohydrates and bad fats are a recipe for that midsection to expand. Instead, get plenty of veggies, choose lean proteins, and stay away from fats from red meats. Choose healthier fats in things like fish, nuts, and avocados.
Can I just do strength training without cardio?
Your heart will get a good workout from the fast pace of your weight training, so there’s no need to do cardio. (In fact, we insist you don’t do any, as it may negatively impact your recovery.) However, the main reason cardio isn’t necessary in this case is your diet will be dialed in.
What happens if I lift weights but don’t diet?
Lifting and doing strength training without adequate nutrition, especially without enough protein, can actually lead to loss of muscle tissue. Furthermore, if you aren’t eating right you won’t have the energy to do the workouts that lead to muscle gain.