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Cardio or Weightlifting: Which Will Blast Fat Faster?

It is a debate as old as the Sun (well, maybe not that old, but close): Which will help you lose fat faster — cardio or weightlifting?

You’ve probably seen the infomercials that make losing weight seem only slightly less complex than cold fusion — eat this, don’t eat that, do this exercise, don’t do that exercise — but what’s the truth? Are there better, more efficient ways to go about dropping a few pounds or is it all a giant crapshoot, dependent on luck and good fortune?

Well, good news, the answer is yes, there are better, more efficient ways to go about dropping a few pounds!

To help you better understand why, let’s briefly chat about how our bodies work — cue the seventh-grade health teacher and the old-school film projector… kidding, kidding, this isn’t that kind of discussion, but it is important to know how our bodies react to certain types of food and certain types of exercise.

To start with, it’s important to recognize just how crucial lean mass is to weight loss/maintenance — and this is where the debate between cardio and weightlifting really starts to heat up.

In his upcoming book, The Bang Anti-Diet, Bang CEO and Chief Science Officer Jack Owoc drums home this point.

“Dramatic improvements in your appearance and performance will only occur when you lose body fat while building or sparing muscle,” he says. “A body with more lean body mass burns more calories. The increase in metabolism you get from having more lean body mass is one of the keys to making your body your servant rather than your master.

“Therefore, any activity, diet, etc. that causes you to lose lean body mass is counterproductive to long-term weight loss,” Owoc continues. “The only long-term strategy for permanent body redesign is to increase lean mass and minimize body fat.”

Read that again: Muscle burns more calories than fat — even at rest.

According to Christopher Wharton, PhD, a certified personal trainer and researcher with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, 10 pounds of muscle burns approximately 50 calories a day in a rested state, while fat burns about 20 pounds a day.

Which brings us back to the question of cardio vs. weightlifting.

Before we go any further, we should probably better define our terms. By “cardio” we are referring to aerobic exercises. “Aerobic” means “with oxygen” and aerobic exercises include such things as biking, hiking, running or even walking. Aerobic exercise aids in heart, lung and circulatory health.

Weightlifting on the other hand (let’s call it “resistance training” because actual weights are not required) is an anaerobic activity, meaning — you guessed it — an activity performed without oxygen. Anaerobic exercises break down glucose for energy and are general performed in shorter intervals, but at greater intensity. Resistance training, jumping, sprinting and even high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which many associate with cardio, are examples of anaerobic exercises.

You might be sensing an underlying theme here: it’s not so much the exercises you do, but how you do them, that counts.

To lose weight and look toned you want to burn fat and not burn muscle (or at least limit burning muscle). One thing that can help is Meltdown® 1 KETO™, which was designed to boost ketones. Ketones are produced in the liver and used for energy when your body doesn’t have enough glucose (blood sugar) or glycogen (stored sugar) for that purpose… which brings us to ketosis.

When the body starts using ketones as a primary source of energy — generally, when carbs are scarce — one is said to be in ketosis. As you might guess, a ketogenic diet simply allows you to achieve a state of ketosis by limiting carbohydrates (to 25-50 grams per day).

Recently, however, numerous studies have suggested that ketones alone can aid in weight loss, which is where Meltdown® 1 KETO™ comes in: it provides exogenous ketones and it boosts ketone production.

So, whatever exercise regime you choose, give yourself a leg up with Meltdown® 1 KETO™.

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