In modern society, health issues arising from excess weight have become one of the primary reasons to start exercising. Therefore, most people list fat loss as their main goal – at least at the beginning of their fitness journey. Cardio and weight training are the most common forms of exercise in gyms around the world. While both are beneficial in their way, it is difficult to determine which one is better than the other. Who can answer this question better than bodybuilding legend and six-time Mr. Olympia winner Dorian Yates?
In a recent video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Dorian Yates answered the frequently asked question about the efficacy of weight training for losing fat. Yates hypothesized that although cardio exercises use fat as the primary source of fuel, the net fat loss that occurs due to weight training is a lot higher due to increased muscle mass.
Dorian Yates explains:
Dorian Yates clarified that weight training is an anaerobic exercise that uses carbohydrates as the primary source of fuel. On the other hand, steady-state cardio exercises switch to using fat as fuel 15 to 20 minutes into the workout. However, the muscle mass gained during weight training makes the difference in the net fat loss.
“The muscle mass that you build while you are weight training requires fuel, requires energy even if you’re not working out, you’re just sitting there. So the question is, your net gain from doing weight training versus doing, let’s say, steady-state cardio – with weight training will be higher.
Because if you have more muscle mass, that requires more energy – like having a bigger engine in your car, you’re gonna require more fuel. So, in fact, weight training ultimately will help lose fat more effectively than cardiovascular exercise.” Dorian Yates stated.
The argument about weight training and cardio takes a different tone when it involves women’s fitness. Although not supported with facts, many women fear becoming too muscular with weight training. Therefore, cardio takes the center stage when it comes to weight loss or general fitness for women. Dorian Yates busted this popular myth and reassured that weight training is the best way to achieve fitness.
“Some females are still kind of afraid thinking building too much muscle is not for them. But trust me, weight training is the best way to get into shape, lose body fat, and build muscle – to change your shape.” Dorian Yates said.
Watch the video:
Courtesy to Dorian Yates Nutrition YouTube channel, you can watch the full video here: