Weight Training and Fat-Loss

A structured weight-training program is the most effective way to increase and improve the quality of muscle. This should be of particular importance to anyone interested in losing body fat. Why is weight training so important to the reduction of body fat? To answer that question, please refer back to my blog on metabolism. Muscle requires energy to function. Fat can only be burned in the muscle. Therefore, the more muscle mass you have, the more fat you can burn. Improving your muscular condition will improve your basal metabolic rate (BMR), thus, increasing the body’s abillity to burn calories.

Ladies Lift Too

The thought of increased muscular size may not appeal to some. In the past, women were reluctant to weight train for fear of becoming too muscular or bulky. For most women, however, muscular gain is not as great as in men, even when they make the same relative gains in strength. A study that compared muscular size between men and women, demonstrated that ” muscular hypertrophy in women as a result of weight training programs will certainly not lead to excessive muscular bulk or produce a masculinizing effect. Women who develop well defined muscle mass are genetically predisposed to having this ability, which is rare for most women. 

Daryl Conant, M.ED