Most women who exercise on a regular basis don’t do it to improve their flexibility, improve strength, or develop muscle. They do it to maintain a low body fat percentage. And the best way to fight body fat is with weight training.
Here are the three primary reasons why lifting weights leads to significant weight loss for women.
1. It Continuously Burns Calories
If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. Lifting weights is the best way to burn fat because it keeps your body at a burning calories both during and after your exercise workout.
A weight lifting routine with a simple circuit of eight moves can burn over 200 calories. Furthermore, research shows that a good weightlifting regime can boost your metabolism for over 24 hours after your workout. The reason is that your muscles need energy to repair their fibers, and they get by burning calories.
2. It Causes More Fat Loss
Cardiovascular exercise will only burn calories for the duration of the workout. This means you don’t won’t burn fat when you stop. However, you burn a whole lot of calories during and after a weight lifting workout. This results in more fat burned as you move between different weight lifting exercises coupled with the workout itself.
3. But Won’t I Get All Bulky?
Weight lifting does increase in muscle mass and for this reason many women stay away from this form of training due to fear of developing a bulky male physique. But a male physique develops in a different way to a female because of the high levels of the testosterone hormone in a man’s body. A women has very low testosterone levels.
The thing to remember is that the more muscle you have to contract, the more calories you burn. So, if your body has a high level of muscle mass, you’ll burn more calories when you do any form of physical activity. And that includes lifting dumbbells, doing squats or even going for a walk.
Whether you have struggled to lose female body fat for some time or simply want to tone up fast, weight training can help. Just ensure that you don’t overdo it on your first few session. Also, include a proper eating plan and some cardio training to the mix. This way, you’ll avoid injury and get the fat loss results you want.