Is weight-lifting best for fat loss?
If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while you know that I used to do a lot of cardio, but, no matter how much time or energy I put in, I couldn’t lower by body-fat. I found that weight lifting allows me to reduce my time exercising, and gets rid of body fat much more effectively. I do heavy weight-lifting three times a week with a trainer, and do cardio/stretching 30 minutes a day. That’s it, nothing crazy.
Still not convinced? Here’s some facts:
- Too much cardiovascular exercise can lead to muscle loss; your body is eating muscle instead of fat, for fuel. This is why you see so many skinny runners. If you have less muscle, your metabolism slows down, which means you’re burning fewer calories. If you’ve heard of skinny-fat, this is why. These people need to weight-train, and cut back on cardio.
- The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn when you are resting, known as the basal metabolic rate. You want your body burning more calories around the clock if you want to lose body fat.
- Your body burns calories even after weight-lifting to repair the muscle fibers that have broken down. Yep, you’re burning calories AFTER your workout is over.
- Your quads, which are the muscles on the front of your legs, are the biggest calorie burners, so get those quads strong, and you’ll lose body-fat faster.
So now, I convinced you, right? If you don’t have access to a personal trainer, watch exercise videos to learn proper form and start with light weights. If you do enough reps, concentrate on the movements, and squeeze that working muscle, you’re going to see results and get toned fast.
Photo: me performing lat pull-downs at World Gym
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