3 Reasons Why Strength Training Can Help You Lose Fat
Strength training has become very ubiquitous and widespread. However, there are still a lot of people who believe that strength training or resistance training only helps build muscle and strength. Let’s get this straight, that is completely wrong. In fact, it can help you lose fat very effectively. Sounds weird, right?
In general, when it comes to fat loss, you may think that cardio is the only way to go. That’s why you may notice that a lot of people out there spend hours just doing cardio in the gym but still can’t burn any pound of fat. Therefore, it is important to combine cardio with weight training for optimal fat loss.
For those who don’t know why it’s necessary to strength train for fat loss, here are the reasons:
Strength training increases your muscle and reshapes your body
It is no secret that strength training results in a direct increase in both strength and muscle mass. That is the reason why a lot of women steer clear of weight or resistance training. It is the fact that the more muscle you contract, the more calories you burn. Hence, if you have a large percentage of muscle mass, chances are you can burn many more calories than others who have less muscle.
Additionally, while running only makes you thin and skinny, strength training helps you look better. If you are a man, it’ll give you a muscular body with a big chest and vascular arms and if you are a women, it’ll give you a nice round lifted booty and sexy athletic thighs.
Strength training can help you burn calories continuously
obvious that doing cardio can help you burn many calories. However, it can only help you burn calories during the cardio session. And once you stop running, you won’t burn any calorie.
Lifting weights only allow you to burn about 200 calories during the session but it can develop muscle, therefore, boosting your metabolism. In details, metabolism is the number of calories your body needs to stay alive when at rest.
To put it simply, the faster your metabolism, the more calories you can burn throughout the day, not only during workouts. In my experience, you need to focus on some heavy compound lifts such as deadlifts and squats to build muscle, thus, boosting your metabolism.
Strength training is better for longevity
Most people believe that running or cardio is the only way to lose fat but it is also inherently a pretty high-impact exercise which isn’t suitable for people over 50. However, with strength training, there are so many different exercises for you to choose from. And these exercises can meet the needs of people of all age groups and fitness levels. Also, you can choose light weights with high reps over heavy weights with low reps to build muscles and improve mobility as well.
Therefore, even if you are an elder and you just can’t run due to the bad knee mobility, you can still strength train, lift weights or do some easy exercises that target your muscles.
Strength training is more interesting and suitable
Let’s be honest, spending hours running on a treadmill or any other cardio equipment is terribly boring. For me, I can only run for 30 minutes at maximum and trust me, it is not fun at all when you have to do the same movement over and over again for long periods of time.
I don’t know about you but that can drive me crazy. As you know, if something gets you bored, you can never stick to it for a long time and this is especially important if you want to lose fat. Keep in mind that losing fat is a long process which requires a lot of patience so if you can’t find anything interesting in your training, chances are you just can’t stick to it for a long time.