Although any form of exercise is better than none, especially when it comes to weight loss but one of the best forms of exercise is weight training.
Whether you are male or female, weight training is a great way to get in shape. And you need not worry that you will start to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger as most of us don’t have the genes nor will be eating enough to put on too much muscle.
When you perform any sort of aerobic exercise you will only be burning calories while you perform the exercises, yet with weight training those calories will continue to be burnt long after you complete your workout.
Why do you need to burn calories?
If you want to lose weight then you need to burn off more calories than you consume through food.
Now our bodies burn calories carrying out its daily functions, such as through the operation of your circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems.
However it is unlikely that you are going to be burning off all of your consumed calories, which means that they will be stored as fat on your body.
This is where exercise comes in, especially if you work a sedentary job where you hardly move all day.
Of course aerobic exercise has its place, but would you want to spend an hour on a stationary bike just to burn 300 calories? Or would you be better off doing a little weight training?
Burn calories with weight training
An hour of weight training is going to burn more than the 300 calories you would burn doing an aerobic workout. Furthermore you will also be building muscle that will affect the amount of calories you burn while resting.
It has been shown that the higher your muscle mass the more calories you will burn, even without exercise.
Muscle is also nicer to look at than fat and will give you that lean and toned look you have always dreamt of.
Just remember if you are planning on starting a weight training regime, start off by lifting smaller weights until you master how to lift correctly without injuring yourself.
Adequate nutrition is needed for weight training
For any weight training regime you will need adequate nutrition. Fresh fruit, vegetables and plenty of lean protein such as chicken or turkey are the best options.
Protein is essential for any weight loss attempt as it is slow to digest so will help to keep you fuller for longer. It also helps to build muscle as it helps to repair damaged muscle tissue.
Finally, you should certainly cut back on the junk food and takeaways if you wish to see the best results for your hard work.