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How Weight Training Can Multiply Your Weight Loss Efforts

Sep 15, 2008
Weight training can be invaluable if you are trying to lose weight. No, you don't have to worry about looking masculine (if you are a woman). If you are man then I would assume that you would prefer to look masculine and would welcome a new, muscle- bound body. In order for a woman to look like a body builder due to weight lifting, she would have to be taking supplements or steroids. For the average woman, lifting weights will simply tone the body. The benefits of weight training are numerous, especially if you are looking to lose weight. It can help you burn more fat, rev up your metabolism and improve your physical appearance far more then simply dropping pounds.

Increase Fat Burning: When you lift weights, you are developing more muscle. Muscle burns more calories even while you are resting or just sitting around. Fat doesn't burn any calories! Therefore, if you are not working out and are only cutting way back on your caloric intake, you are making no ground and may even be losing it. Lifting weights 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes a session will really improve your muscle density which allows you to burn more calories and lose weight faster.

Rev Up Your Metabolism: Weight training and the development of muscles helps to rev up your metabolism. Your body will burn calories more efficiently when you have more muscle then fat.

Improve Your Physical Appearance: Many of us have lost weight only to still be unhappy with our appearance. Sure, we're smaller and we have dropped some clothing sizes but we're flabby and probably don't want to be caught dead in shorts or worse, naked. Lifting weight helps to tone up the muscles so that you have a firm, healthy appearance. Tightened arms and legs can do wonders for your self confidence and can greatly improve how you look in clothes (or without them).

Weight training can drastically multiply your weight loss efforts. Lifting weights builds muscle which in turn, burns more calories, helping you to lose weight and firm up. It is much easier to keep off the weight when you weight train because your body will burn more calories even at rest. Your physical appearance will also be much improved. Your muscles will look tighter and your body, more trim. Lifting is also effective in getting rid of cellulite. All of us have seen even thin women with cellulite. Tightening the muscles through weight training will decrease the appearance of cellulite, especially on the legs and hips. Weight lifting decreases fat. When there is less fat, it can't push through the connective tissue (this is what causes the appearance of cellulite).

Weight training does not require that you lift absurd amounts of weight. Simply pick a weight that is challenging for you. Your program should make your muscles fatigued but should not cause any pain. If you are a beginner, purchasing a cheap 10 pound barbell set at your local Wal-mart will suffice. Check the internet for sample exercises. If you are consistent, eat healthy and exercise, you should see results in short order.
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