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Will Weight Training Help You Lose Fat?
Weight training is often associated with bodybuilders and guys wanting to bulk up and gain muscle mass. Weight loss, on the other hand, is generally associated with running on the treadmill, cycling on the stationary bike or participating in an aerobics class.
What few people know is that weight training is a great way to help you lose unwanted fat, gain valuable muscle mass and get you fitter, more toned and feeling fantastic. Yes, even if youíre a female and even if you have no intention of looking like a bodybuilder. Trust me, if it were that easy to gain muscle, there would be a lot more super masculine bodies out there. Saying that weight training makes you big, is like saying not eating chocolate will make you lose weight. We all know thatís impossible, without a variety of other tweaks.
Weight training boosts your fitness level and should be used in conjunction with a sensible diet and sound cardiovascular routine (the stationary bike, the treadmill, the stepper or activities in the great outdoors that get your heart pumping), if your goal is weight or fat loss. Training with weights raises your heart rate, oftentimes more than what your cardiovascular exercise does, and getís those calories burning at a faster rate.
Weight training works on the muscles, which are active body components that require energy to repair and rebuild. That energy is derived from the food you consume and also from the breakdown of fat to be converted into energy.
Weight training will also help to trim those layers of fat off your body and bring out those toned and sexy muscles. But, before you freak out and skip the weights room, it is important to realize and understand that just because you pump a little iron, you will not turn into the next Mr. Olympia. Bodybuilders train for many years, have sound nutritional programs and the genetic potential to get to their level of muscle mass and definition. You wonít magically become bigger by lifting weights, and for the girls out there who are still scared of the weight room, you donít know what youíre missing aside from having a gorgeous, healthy, slim and toned body.
Author: Dimi Ingle.
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