It depends on what you mean by ‘weight loss’. There are a lot of people who always raise this question. These two modes of exercises have different outcomes and results. Let us have a look.
Cardio is always best for weight loss as it burns more calories than strength training. Doing cardio in a day removes all excess fat and water from your body.
Running, skipping, aerobics or dance are examples of doing a good cardio session. But by doing so much cardio, it will start to weaken your muscles.
So to strengthen those muscles, weight training is required too for the body. Weight training is as necessary as doing cardio. It will not only give overall strength to your body but also builds up your stamina too.
Muscle gain is always an outcome to this. Good strength and muscle tone are essential for functional living and health.
Most of the trainers will suggest you to do the both and actually by combining both of these in your workout will have a great result too.
Both have their own benefits and outcomes but it is always recommend to focus on both of these exercises.
Many people don’t know how to grip the bars, dumbells during workout which also causes some muscle injuries. So it is very much necessary to tight your grip and focus on how you lift the weight. Let us discuss how it is actually hold and how they are useful.
1. Hammer grip
This grip is used when you are doing biceps workout and during pull ups. The palms of your hands should be facing towards you. The wrist extensors are involved more so your wrists should be strong.
2. Overhand grip
This grip is mainly used during your back workout like barbell row. The palms of your hands should be away from you. Do not forget to hold tightly the grip.
3. Underhand grip
This grip is used when doing biceps exercises such as barbell biceps curls and reverse grip chin ups. In this grip, your palms should be facing towards you. Mostly it is used during back exercises too.
4. Hook grip This grip is mostly used during deadlift, kettlebell swing and pwer cleans. The thumb should be wrap around your fingers which will help to hold and lift the bar correctly.
5. Close and Wide grip
Close grip is holding the bar with closer grip. Close grip bench press minimises chest involvement and maximises triceps involvement. While the wide grip is wider than your shoulder width, and it maximises chest involvement more than triceps. Now when you hit to the gym next time use this grips and methods. Hope this article was useful for you and better know about this.
Everyone focuses on weight loss and not on fat loss. But do you really know what is the difference between these 2 terms.
• Weight Loss : You want to lower your body-weight, the sum weight of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat. Weight loss is a catch all term that encompasses whenever the number on the scale goes down.
• Fat Loss : You want to lower your body fat, the amount of fat your body carries. Healthy goals are 10% body fat for men and 15% for women. Burning fat happens when your body uses fat stores for energy that may or may not result in weight loss.
Researchers have found that adding in high intensity interval training (HIIT) can help promote greater fat loss. Increasing your exercise and adding a variety of moderate and HIIT exercise can be a general guideline for helping to increase fat burn.
Another way to increase your fat burn is to drastically cut back on your carbohydrate intake, increasing healthy fat sources and eating adequate protein. This is referred to as a ketogenic diet. Losing inches around your waist or seeing more muscle definition in your body are indicators you are burning more fat.
If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat. There are people who must lose weight, like athletes before a competition, but most want fat loss. So stop weighing yourself.
How to Make Sure You Lose Fat, Not Muscle?
Check the picture above. That means you’ll look slimmer at the same body-weight by building muscle.
Keys to losing fat, not muscle:
•Get Stronger. Strength training builds muscle & prevents muscle loss. It also helps sticking to your diet.
•Eat Healthy. Eat whole unprocessed foods 90% of the time and eat less starchy carbs.
Hope you have cleared the difference between fat loss or weight loss. Once you’ve got your body fat down, check if you like what you see. Then decide if you still need to lose weight.
John F. Kennedy once said that “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” The statement is absolutely true and that is why if you observe people who have achieved their dream physiques you will realize that they have certain traits in common; whether physical or behavioral. That is because a dream physique is influenced by many factors. Today we are going to discuss each of them in the context of a dream physique. Let’s call them all the factors that lead to ultimate fitness’.
The internet is flooded with so many things related to health these days. Diet, exercise routines, diseases – you name it, the internet has it. One thing that has become quite common these days is progress photos. As the name suggests, progress photos are pictures taken at regular intervals to check the progress of your weight loss journey. While it may not be the most interesting thing for you to watch the before and after pictures of some random stranger on the internet, progress photos (with or without showcasing them to the world) can actually help you during your weight loss journey and make you determined to achieve your goals. Continue reading Importance of taking progress photos.