Answer me this: Which is more affective for losing fat ? Running on a treadmill for 30 minutes at a steady pace or hitting the free weights for 30 minutes ?
Considerations: A long distance runner will run for hours on end at a steady pace, day after day in training for hours of long distance running. A sprinter will train with heavy free weights using short but intense bursts of energy in training to run for less than 20 seconds per race.
Who holds less fat ? Is it the long distance runner or the sprinter ?
Alot depends on Genetic-predisposistion of each individual.
HIIT beats both though low intensity steady state still has a pace especially during peak week. The lifting session would depend on % Vo2Max we were talking about and the rest intervals, it's the increased fat oxidization after the fact that makes the difference.
You don't "trick" the body, at all times you are using multiple substrates for energy, the goal is to increase baseline energy expenditure, therefore increasing fat loss, as fat use as energy is preferred over muscle tissue and glycogen over fat it's not hard to figure out how this works. EPOC is a wonderful thing. The body needs to replenish glycogen (im simplifying as it accounts for cell repair etc.)just in case you need to run away from something....like a bear....or today's version, a BrotherIron.
I know the members here pretty well so I cater to them. I don't think anything I said was technical jargon, it was actually simplified but not overly simplified, to a level that I think explains what is happening to hopefully give those interested a good level of understanding without being too simple or too complex. It's not a competition, I do feel the members here on average are brighter than the typical gym goer and don't need the hand holding I may need to provide to some.
No offense taken, I understand the quandary that is nutrition literature writing..
free weights for sure if you arent taking more than a min between sets. also if you're using supersets or tri-sets this will offer a huge metabolism boost.
woops, wrong thread!
Hit the weights! Keep it intense!