Sorry - currently out of stock in USA due to a supply issue. We are working to rectify this situation. Click 'Contact Us', leave your details and we'll keep you updated. Sorry - currently out of stock in USA due to a supply issue. We are working to rectify this situation. Click 'Contact Us', leave your details and we'll keep you updated.
Home / News


Resistance Training VS Cardio

Resistance Training VS Cardio

Strength Training Preserves and Increases Lean Muscle Mass

Resistance Training VS Cardio

Resistance, or weight training is especially important when in calorie deficit to preserve your lean muscle, maintain your hormone levels and metabolism. A Cardio only routine will certainly achieve weight loss for you but some of that will be at the sacrifice of muscle. I think the best illustration of this can be found when we look at the elite athletes and the effect different training methods have on their bodies.

Strength Training

Take the Olympic Sprinter and the Marathon or Ultra Distance Runner for example. I think for most men & women the preferred physique is the Sprinter’s. The Sprinter lifts a lot of heavy weights in the gym and even when it comes to track work, this is based on powerful short burst – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) type cardio, not long bouts on the treadmill or lap after lap of the stadium. Result – lean, muscular bodies.

Look Better With PushUps

Now compared to the Marathoner; mile after mile of cardio activity, result – skinny, sinewy bodies. Even though they may be maintaining a nutritious, balanced diet, the high level of steady state cardio has resulted in the body burning a lot of muscle for fuel.

True, cardio will strip away fat – but after all that fat’s gone what do you want to reveal to the world; shapely muscle or pointy bone? DO SOME RESISTANCE TRAINING. Push Ups are good!

You Can’t Out Train A Bad Diet – Calorie Counting

You Can’t Out Train A Bad Diet – Calorie Counting

Calorie Counting Can Be A Great Educational Exercise 

Calorie Counting

In a similar vein to which we feel following a Meal Plan can be an effective tactic for getting your diet in check, so too can Calorie Counting. While having the same objective as following a Meal Plan, these two strategies don’t typically work in unison, in that if you’re following a meal plan you don’t usually have to count calories as well.

 While a laborious chore to keep up long term, keeping track of your calorie intake for a brief period at the beginning of a journey to better health will serve as a great educational exercise. You will quickly come to appreciate the calorie content of different foods and portions, especially for those ‘food like’ products that are really taking toll on your body.  As they say, “Knowledge is Power” – in this case it may give you the power to choose better.

A Great Tool For Breaking Through A Fitness Plateau 

Diet can help you reach your fitness goals

In the same way that following a Meal Plan for someone already living a healthy lifestyle may be useful for a bit of tweaking things and breaking through a plateau, Calorie Counting may serve the same purpose. You hear people all the time saying they diet and exercise but get no results – or can’t work off that last layer of ‘stubborn fat’. Well, chances are it’s the diet side of things that’s going awry. This is why we say; you can’t out train a bad diet!

If it’s a weight loss goal, the age-old strategy is diet & exercise. This is on the basis of calories in v calories out, where you control your calorie intake to ensure you are in calorie deficit - taking in less calories (energy) than you need to burn for energy. This ‘need’ includes your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which is the minimum amount of energy your body requires to maintain life; breathe, blink, pump blood etc. Plus, your NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) which is the energy you’ll burn, over and above your BMR for trivial physical activities; pretty much all the moving around you do during the course of a typical day - everything from moving about the house, going to work, doing what you do at work – even if it’s mainly just typing – all these small activities add up to extra energy burnt over what you would if you simply laid in bed all day.

Now, if you have a base line of your Daily Energy Burn from your BMR and your NEAT (these are arguably the two biggest factors contributing to your Total Daily Burn outside of calories burnt during exercise), you’ll have a number which represents how many calories you typically burn in a day. Other factors come into play, such as the calories you burn simply digesting your food (typically 10% of total consumed calories), plus theres a lot of variables; genetics, hormones, level of brain activity, type of food consumed and so on. However, let’s say that number is 2000 calories per day. Without any additional exercise, if you take in 2500 calories you’ll gain weight, if you take in 2000 you’ll maintain your weight. Take in 1500 and you’ll lose weight as your body looks to additional energy source to make up the difference, namely body fat (a.k.a. Stored Energy). Consume less calories than your number and you’ve created Calorie Deficit. A good measure is a 500 Calorie Deficit a day, which can equate to a pound of body fat burnt each week.

Now For the Exercise Part of the Equation

Exercise combined with diet for maximum benefit

That covers the diet part of the equation, which leaves the exercise part. This can be the ‘cherry on top’ for boosting additional fat burn for energy – plus exercise is important for heart, muscle and bone health. Resistance training is especially important when in calorie deficit to preserve your lean muscle, maintain your hormone levels and metabolism. So, over and above the energy you burn with your BMR & NEAT, you may aim for burning an extra 500 calories a day from moderate to rigorous exercise. And this can result in an additional pound of fat burnt off each week.

 So, back to Calorie Counting. If you’re stuck in a rut with your weight loss, counting calories for a while will reveal where you’re going wrong. With all the calculations referenced above, it’s easy to see where you can miscalculate something. And when you have better, more accurate knowledge of the calories you are consuming you can identify the issue(s), which can be as simple as just a few bites of the wrong food or few mouthfuls of the wrong beverage resulting in a blow out of your calorie deficit, or that can undo the burn from that gym session.

You Can’t Out Train A Bad Diet – Meal Plans

You Can’t Out Train A Bad Diet – Meal Plans

You can't out train a bad diet

A Good Meal Plan is Worth The Effort

Putting together the nutritional content for our web site, we found to be quite a challenge – in that, the topic is so large, constantly evolving, and is vital for everyone to grasp, whether the goal be weight loss, weight maintenance or even weight gain!

 After a few re-writes, we decided on an approach that would allow us to put a ‘mark in the sand’, indicating where, on mass, nutrition goes so wrong for so many. Essentially covering the basics, to which we could build on and continue the conversation via additional blog entries and posting Nutritional Plans that some may find useful and keen to adopt.

Nutritional decisions

If a Meal Plan is Not Your 1st Step Towards Getting Healthy It Should be Your 2nd or 3rd Step. 

In the content of our Nutrition Basics, we do specifically say that we are not going to layout a meal plan. And it’s not that we don’t stand by that advice, it’s validity in the context it was offered, and for who that advice was targeted to; as that advice on nutritional basics is geared towards helping the uninitiated take their first steps towards cleaning up their diet, recognizing how much of a 180 that can be, and trying not to scare too many off with strict meal plans and laborious calorie counting.

 Having said that…we do feel there is certainly a valid role that Meal/Nutrition Plans can serve. While there may be portioning and measuring required, the legwork of compiling correct nutritional balance and calorie intake has been done for you.

Healthy Meal Plan

 Following a Meal Plan may be too much of a deviation for you if you’re at stage one of trying to clean up your diet. Jumping straight into following a plan may feel like you’ve tried giving up your bad old ways cold turkey, setting you up for failure. This is why our initial advice covers some nutritional education and tips for those needing to begin on a path towards better eating habits. If you can jump straight into following a Meal Plan – good for you, most of the guess work and figuring what to eat for every meal is taken care of.

Avoid fast food to get the most from your training program

 A Meal Plan might also serve as a good tactic for someone already living a decent healthy lifestyle, but perhaps needing some extra guidance to bust through a plateau in pursuit of a weight loss or weight gain goal.