Lets face it, burning off fat is one of the hardest things to do but also the primary goal for a majority of people who regularly work out. Everyone wants to look a little slimmer and be more tone but it can’t be done very well if you restrict yourself to just cardio (running, elliptical, swimming, etc.).
Although getting in good cardiovascular workouts is essential to burning fat, it must be paired with a weight lifting program to achieve maximum fat burning results. Many people do not realize the power that increased muscle mass has for burning calories when you’re not working out and keeping your metabolism up.
Your muscles have a voracious appetite and constantly work 24/7 burning off calories to maintain themselves. The more muscle mass you have the more calories you’ll be burning off on a daily basis. The reason cardio must be paired with weight lifting is because the majority of calories are burned while performing the cardio workout and has only a small effect for burning calories when your body is at rest whereas muscle mass can very effectively burn off the calories and fat when your body is at rest.
For the guys, maybe try cutting down on the cardio and transition to weight lifting more often. You will gain strength, tone your muscles and burn off the fat as well. So don’t be fooled by the stigma that to burn fat you just need to do a lot of cardio because without building up your muscle mass you won’t burn off the fat nearly as effectively or quickly.
A combination of cardio and a weight lifting program is a must for anyone who is serious about slimming down and toning up.