There is quite the misconception when it comes to lifting weights as a way to lose weight. A lot of people think that lifting weights will only bulk you up and for women that is usually something they want to stay far away from! There are a few reasons why pumping some iron can set you up to lose a few pounds.
Metabolic rate increases both short-term and long-term when lifting weights. Even hours after an intense weight workout your metabolic rate will increase. After some time of lifting weights you will achieve lean muscle mass, which in turn creates a permanent increase in your metabolism. Studies show that after an hour-long weight workout, on average, 100 extra calories are burned in the 24 hours after the workout has been completed. Increasing your metabolism is NEVER a bad thing so what are you waiting for?
Cardio is a great way to lose weight, but lifting weights will help you lose fat and in turn change your body composition. The number on the scale isn’t everything. Muscle is more dense than fat, but can compress the same amount of weight into less space. So even if the scale isn’t changing quite as fast as you’d like, if you are successful in a weight training program your body composition will show results. Toned muscles look better than loose fat any day!! Those jeans you never thought you’d get back into will be getting compliments very soon!!!
Weight lifting can also help with some medical issues. The extra belly that some carry around can lead to such diseases as cancer or diabetes, but researchers have found lifting weights is better than cardio when trying to shrink the belly. A little time working your muscles is well worth it versus getting a bad report at the doctors office.
Muscles are amazing little body parts! They can eat up calories even when you aren’t working them out! How great is that to sit at your office desk, on an airplane, or on your couch and know you are shedding calories? Of course you have to put in the work before that’s all going to happen, sorry it’s not magic! Change 10lbs of fat to 10lbs of lean muscle and you’ll additionally burn more calories each day, not to mention your body composition will look phenomenal 🙂
See you at the gym! Or even if you don’t belong to a gym find things in the house that can replace some dumbbells. Trust me I’m sure you have things around that can work….No Excuses!
~ Your Health Dork ~