It’s that time of year where I'm looking at myself and saying yeah I need to lose weight. My questions is this.... I chatted with a friend and also read some articles that pretty much says one way to burn fat is build muscle mass via weight lifting and the fat will burn itself off because of increasing your BMR. Every pound of muscle you gain is approximately 500 extra calories you burn per day. 60-70% of Cal burned per day is you just being alive (BMR). 15-30% is you digesting your food (TEF). So 70-85% is you just living and not lifting a finger. So shouldn't we focus in on that area instead of the remaining small piece of the pie?
But on the flip side of that the article talks about if you choose cardio that you shouldn't so much focus on fat burning zone, or cardio zone. But instead focus on high-intensity, interval-type exercise. I’ve tired cardio and it never seems to work. I ran an entire summer and it was ok but I’m wondering if building muscle mass is better? It’s all very confusing?
Also to add another snag to this I travel all the time for work, so I’m never home. I never know where is a gym is going to be. I almost always have dumbbells and a basic gym at the hotel. But a work out that works for road warriors is great too.
So 2 questions?
- 1. Which is better? Cardio or Weight Training
- 2. Depending on which any recommendations on workouts for a traveling person.
Thanks for the great insight. I'm a bigger guy, about 274 lbs and 6 foot. Carry most my weight in the tummy area. My fitness level has been low the last few months and I managed to gain some weight. I was closer to 255 - 260 range, but traveling and eatting out every day kicks me butt. I might be chubby but I'm very flexible and can touch the ground with my palm and can sit indian style. I just need to loss this gut ASAP and get in a better place.
So you think there workout would be a good fit for someone like me? My biggest problem is lack of equipment to use while on the road. Its not like I have a full gym with all weights and bar bells and equipment..
Hi Anthony, if you are overweight assess yourself first. HIIT is definitely a really good way to burn fat fast, but before you engage in such strenuous activity ask yourself, can my knees/ankles handle the stress? Is my cardiovascular health in the state it needs to be to perform such form of training? Then take it from there. If you feel you can't perform that type of training try a brisk walk on an incline, engage in low intensity cardio training until you feel ready. Definitely incorporate strength and resistance training find a program suited for you. Nothing wrong with starting back at step one, the important thing is your getting back on the fit train. My suggestion is assess yourself, find a good program suitable for you. Look up Tabata training if you travel alot. It consists of cardio/strength exercises you can basically do anywhere. Good luck....
If I don't do HIIT right away do you think the weight lifting is still a good idea? Also any good recommendations on workout plans that are easy for the traveling person?
Strength and resistance training will always be beneficial. So yes. Get some low intensity cardio and like I suggested before take a look at Tabata training, it's a mix of cardio and strength exercises you can do practically anywhere. Some good programs in here as well...