Both types of training are required for general health maintenance, as well as to lose weight. Think of it this way, strength training adds lean muscle. Lean muscle burns more fat during rest – thus increasing your basal (resting) metabolic rate. This increase in basal metabolic rate can positively offset the decrease in basal metabolic rate that dieters often see once their body goes into ‘save everything mode.’ It’s a good way to keep your metabolism up, while slimming calories from your daily intake.
Cardio exercise (if in the aerobic, or fat burning, state) is known to burn calories from fat. This is a great way to create a caloric deficit, & combined with some caloric reduction in terms of what you eat, will create the total caloric deficit you need to steadily lose weight.
Not to mention the vast health benefits of a balance exercise routine that includes both resistance (strength) training & cardiovascular training – good for bone health, heart health, and as a way of preventing the onset of some major illness. You’ll sleep better, feel better, and look better, too!
Good luck in your training.
Resistance training will lead to weight loss by itself if that is all that you do and by weight you are referring to bodyfat weight.
Cardio training will lead to bodyfat loss if you do heart rate interval training. Yes, you will also lose some bodyfat if you just do long cardio sessions like most who just jump on those machines in the gym, set the machine to “fat burning zone” but mostly you’ll just burn up the calories eaten that day, some fat, and eventually muscle and look like on the scale you’ve lost fat when indeed you may’ve lost precious muscle.
Yes, resistance training and cardio interval training together will cause a person to become a metabolic efficient calorie burning machine while at rest.
Getting your body to burn while at rest is what you want so that you are always burning fat for fuel, the preferred source of fuel by the brain and heart and most other tissues contrary to popular belief.
Holly St.Lawrence BSc, NASM CPT, NTP
Being In Balance, Eugene, Oregon
In my opinion, BOTH are not only better for fat loss, but for overall health and fitness. Cardio exercise has many benefits beyond weight/fat loss even though a lot of people primarily focus on that benefit. For exercising the most important muscle in our bodies — the heart, you can’t beat it! Resistance training not only helps to improve our lean tissue-to-fat ratio, but also to help us ‘function’ better in our everyday lives (e.g. carry groceries, shovel snow, pick-up your child etc.). So, definitely BOTH for the reason you site and more.
I hope that this helps.