Why is lifting weights better than cardio?

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Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

For my body, cardio is. Weight lifting would bulk me up making me look even fatter!

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Wesley Crusher
Wesley Crusher commented
That's a misconception. The only way weightlifting would make you "bulky" is if you eat more food to get "bulky". Like The Rock Dwayne Johnson, has to eat 5,000 calories to maintain his physique. You're never going to get like him with 1,500 calories.
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
Wesley is correct. The diet as well as the amount of sets and repetitions govern bulking versus "cutting".
The healthier choice is both but many prefer just cardio.
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Darik Majoren answered

It isn't.

They both contribute to calorie loss and fat burning. Cardio and diet contribute to burning Visceral fat, whereas Lifting weights to create Lean Dense muscle contribute to burning more Subcutaneous fat.

More correctly, they both contribute to overall fat loss, but Cardio usually hits both. It is actually important to combine the two forms of exercise for a well balanced health.

Cardio also burns in the here and now whereas Weight lifting caloric burn, usually lasts for 24 to 48 hours depending upon the exercise. "Dead Lifts" and "Squats" are just two examples of weight training exercises that can burn calories up to 48 hours.

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Blake Paut , Health and fitness expert, answered

Minute per minute,

cardio

indisputably burns more calories than strength training, which could explain why compared to strength trainers, aerobic exercisers lose more weight in less time, according to a recent Duke University study. Still, cardio doesn't do much for your muscles.

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