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The AFTER-BURN EFFECT is real...so choose your exercise wisely.
If you had 30 minutes to workout, would you rather have a workout that burned 300 calories, or 200? How about 500 instead of 300? Seems pretty obvious, right? But I ask these questions to highlight a not-so-obvious point.
The type of exercise you choose to do will make a tremendous difference in your ability to burn calories and in turn, body-fat.
If you were to run on a treadmill for 30 minutes you could burn approximately 300 calories. If you were to lift weights for 30 minutes, you would only burn around 200 calories. It would make perfect sense that, if you wanted to burn more calories to lose body-fat, the treadmill should be your exercise of choice.
After we finish exercising we continue to burn calories due to EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) which is commonly referred to as: the after-burn.
Following aerobic exercise (i.e. a run on the treadmill) the effects of EPOC last only 30-60 minutes and you burn few extra calories. But following a high intensity weight training session the effects of EPOC last upwards of 72 hours! So back to our treadmill vs. weight training scenario. The 30 minute treadmill workout will burn 300 calories plus an additional 30 or so calories due to EPOC, for a total of 330 calories.
The weight training session will burn approximately 200 calories PLUS another 300 calories over the next day or two for a total of 500 calories!
Not to mention the additional benefits only weight training can provide; such as:
According to science the smarter choice of exercise for caloric expenditure and fat-loss is weight training!
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