Why lift weights when I want to lose weight? Wouldn't this make me heavier? How is strength going to help? I'll be going the wrong way! This is a very common fear - but a complete myth! Strength training is THE BEST thing you can do to lose weight!! Why?
In the most simple terms:
the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Traditionally, an exercise program would concentrate on burning those unwanted calories in the exercise session only. Meaning that you would need an hour each day. Who has time for that? Not me!
What we want to do instead is turn our body into a fat burning machine, removing extra calories all the time. So the exercise program needs to have lasting benefits long after you've finished.
Strength training (weight training, resistance training... it's all the same thing!) is the key. During a strength session, we cause little rips and tears in the muscle fibres, requiring repair and regeneration. This takes a huge amount of energy. Have a think about how many muscles we have in our body. This process lasts for up to 2 weeks! I have clients conducting fortnightly strength sessions and the system works perfectly!
Provided that we don't start eating more, our body will learn to use our stored fat as an energy source.
But the news gets even better.
Once we start to lose weight, we can keep eating the same amount of food! Why? Because we are maintaining the muscle tissue, requiring the same amount of energy to constantly repair it.
Without strength training, our body's energy requirements start dropping. So if you lose weight, you will also lose muscle. And then have to constantly reduce your energy intake with food until you're eating such a small amount that you can't maintain it - and the inevitable weight increase starts to happen.
BUT - the problem now is that the damage is done. You have lost a lot of muscle, so your body doesn't need the extra energy you're feeding it. What does it do? Store it as fat! That's why a huge amount of people who lose weight without strength training will blow out past their initial start weight!
Don't be that person - strength train for weight loss straight away!!