Strength training isn't just for bodybuilders. It can be an effective part of anyone's weight loss efforts, whether you are a man or woman, whether you are 21 or 95. Through strength training, you can turn your body into a lean fat-burning machine.
One big thing that I learned during my 75 pound weight loss journey is the important role that strength training can play in the process. From day one I incorporated some strength and cardio workouts and I was able to consistently lose 1-2 pounds per week. And I wasn't just getting thinner, I was getting stronger. And because of the strength training, I was able to build and preserve muscle to achieve a respectable 12% body fat. And it came with its own secret weapon - I was able to eat more, feel less hungry, and burn more calories even when I was sedentary.
The following 7 points are ways that strength training actually improves the weight loss process more than just cardio or dieting alone. Some are interrelated, but all are important to know for anyone who wants to lose weight.
If you want to maximize your weight loss efforts, consider including strength training. Here are some of my other blog posts that can help with your strength training efforts:
6 Tips for Getting Started with Lifting Weights
Total Body Strength Training Workout
Working Out with Dumbbells
A Great Resistance Training Routine
Don't be Scared of the Gym
There, now that you know the secret, go make it happen!