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The Secret Behind Fat Loss

Fitastic January 23, 2014

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Most people only associate weight training with building muscle and increasing strength. Few people realize the impact weight training has on fat loss. Here’s why: Weight training increases your lean body mass. Increasing your lean body mass speeds up your metabolic rate so you burn more calories at rest – and the number of calories you burn at rest (your basal metabolic rate) is directly proportional to the amount of muscle you carry.

It’s a common misconception that if you have a lot of weight to lose, you should lose the fat with cardio first before starting a weight-training program. Actually, the opposite is true; weight training always accelerates fat loss, although it happens primarily through an indirect mechanism. Muscle is metabolically active tissue that burns fat, and lifting weights builds muscle, therefore weight training must be a part of every fat loss program. This doesn’t mean you need to look like or train like a bodybuilder, unless that’s your goal. It simply means that weight training is equally as important as aerobic training even when your goal is fat loss. Aerobics by itself doesn’t cut it.

 

 

lifting-weights-make-women-huge-1You’ve gained the knowledge and now you simply have to apply it. They say knowledge is power, but it’s not, really. Knowledge applied is power!


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