Everywhere you look there is a new advertisement for weight loss products. It seems like every time I sit down and watch TV I see an ad for a weight loss pill. There are billboards on the side of the highway and those annoying banners all over cyberspace. Well, there is good reason for all those ads as annoying as they may be at times. Let’s face it, there are millions of Americans desperate to lose weight and would gladly shell out money to get results. There is nothing wrong with looking for a way to get rid of fat, but would not you like to try another, more exciting approach to burn fat? If so, what is the process you’ve probably overlooked until now, it is strength. I’m not saying you should completely ignore the aerobic exercise or give up on the diet plan, but there are some pretty compelling reasons to consider weight training when trying to lose weight.
First of all, we must be clear that the goal is to lose fat, not just to lose weight in general. If you cut calories drastically, you will definitely end up losing weight, but a lot of weight will be lean muscle mass. Lean muscle is denser than fat, so do not panic if you get in the beginning some weight after the start strength training exercises. In addition to the obvious benefits (such as improving the overall physique and increase your strength), strength training helps to burn fat as well. Muscle continues to burn calories at rest, and burned at least three times as many calories and fat. So, by simply adding muscle to your frame you are helping to burn fat over time.
To be most effective, strength training should be combined with aerobic exercise and sensible eating plan as part of a comprehensive fat loss (and muscle building) program.