Should I Do Strength Training to Burn Fat?
If there's one kind of exercise that's 100 percent recommended for fat loss, it's strength training. The reasoning is pretty simple: when you strength train, you build lean muscle, which is metabolically "expensive," Devon said. "Our body is constantly creating energy for these muscles in order to function," he explained. In other words, "Building muscle is going to increase your metabolism and have you burning more calories throughout the day," Nick told POPSUGAR. "Putting on 5 to 10 pounds of muscle is one of the most important things you can do to increase your fat-burning engine."
That metabolic boost makes strength training somewhat more effective than cardio for fat loss, but cardio "can be a useful tool," Nick said, "especially when progress slows" and you need to up your calorie burn. You also shouldn't strength train the same muscle groups for two or more days in a row. "Allow for at least 24-48 hours of rest before we use those large muscle groups again," Davon said.