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Which is best for fat loss and weight loss -- cardio...

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The short answer -- a combo of both!

One 2012 study published in Journal of Applied Physiology found that when they compared three groups of subjects - one did just resistance training, one just aerobics, and one a combo of both - the groups assigned to aerobic training and aerobic plus resistance training lost more weight than those who did just resistance training. While aerobic training can help you burn up calories faster than resistance training, a combo of both is what I recommend over just cardio alone for fastest, lasting results.

Here's why:

If you don't exercise regularly, you're already losing plenty of muscle and gaining fat. Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., author of the book No More Cellulite: A Proven 8-Week Program for a Firmer, Fitter Body, was recently quoted in an article for SHAPE Magazine online (click here to read the full article: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/what-really-helps-get-rid-cellulite) stating that starting around age 25, women who do not regularly exercise lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade and gain 15 pounds of fat.

Lean muscle mass burns more calories at rest than fat.
While we're not sure on the exact number (some estimates say 1 pound of muscle burns an extra 10-50 calories per day at rest, which doesn't sound like much but it's something!) but we do know it is more metabolically active than fat tissue.

Resistance training builds lean muscle mass that helps bring shape and definition to your body (think a more lifted behind, tighter, flatter abs, flab-fee arms, etc), while aerobics alone simply burns calories.
That means you could be losing weight (and metabolically active lean muscle tissue too) if you are just focusing on cardio workouts. By combining both you are helping your body burn calories more effectively AND keeping your metabolism running high by building more - or simply maintaining your existing- metabolically active lean muscle mass.

Many of our workouts here on JESSICASMITHTV focus on combining the two into 1 efficient workout so you don't even have to separate them.

To wrap up, it's important to note all of your workouts - resistance training or aerobics - won't produce any weight or fat loss if you don't also pair them with a healthy diet that includes a caloric deficit. One of the easiest places to start is to aim to cut out about 250 calories a day from your typical diet (skip the last 5 bites of a meal, swap out that afternoon snack, etc) and burn 250 with exercise (depending on the intensity of the movement and your fitness level, this can translate to about 30-60 minutes of physical activity, or a shorter, more intensive workout).


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