Is Lifting Weights Bad for Losing Weight?

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Are you thinking of adding strength training to your workout? Have you heard that lifting weights can help with weight loss, or are you concerned that building muscle with make you look bulky or actually gain weight? You are not alone if you feel confused about weight training and its impact on weight loss.

There are several reasons why adding some weight training is beneficial to your health and fitness. This is the case whether you are male or female, young or old. Muscle in itself helps you burn more calories and boosts metabolism. So, building muscles can actually help you with your weight loss goals. Not only that, but good muscle tone simply makes you look healthier and more fit. If you are concerned about getting bulky, there is no need to. A body builder's bulk requires, not only very intense training, but a genetic makeup for that body type.

Another thing to keep in mind is that weight-bearing exercises can help ward off conditions such as osteoporosis. Bottom line, weight training helps you slim down and tone up, it is effective at helping you burn more calories than cardio training alone. In fact, studies show that your body continues to burn more calories after a weight training session than it does after a cardio session.

So how do you start? The good news is you do not have to head down to the gym or even pick up a set of weights. Exercises like push-ups, squats and pull ups are all great ways to incorporate strength training into your routine. You can add to this by using resistance bands or a medicine ball or kettlebell. If your budget is tight, canned goods can be used as dumbbells.


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