Does weight lifting help you lose weight, yes it can! muscles burn more calories than fat. If you have never trained before you are more much more likely to be carrying around excess fat on your body than someone who weight trains regularly.
Studies have shown a person who has just completed a hard workout in the gym burns 10 more calories per hour after the gym session for a period of 36 hours which can really add up. Think about it, that’s awesome your body is still burning those extra calories hours and hours after you have trained. A total of 360 extra calories burnt, if you add that to the calories you have burnt whilst doing the training session plus your extra cardio you’re be pushing 500 calories for one hard training session.
A hard weight training workout or any high-intensity training increases your metabolic rate, in turn, burning more calories post workout, it’s called the EPOC effect. Pete McCall Ms health and fitness expert says “Once a workout is over and you’re back in your daily routine, your body’s metabolism can continue to burn more calories than when at complete rest.
This physiological effect is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. Also known as oxygen debt, EPOC is the amount of oxygen required to restore your body to its normal, resting level of metabolic function (called homeostasis). It also explains how your body can continue to burn calories long after you’ve finished your workout.”
Consistency is key! you need to build lean muscle mass first to be able to burn those extra post-workout calories. To achieve lean muscle you will need to be training 3 or 4 times a week hard. The more lean muscle mass you have the more calories you will burn.
A brilliant article I came across whilst researching the subject really does put resistance training right up there with aerobic exercise for increasing your metabolic rate and losing weight. Professor Jan Sundell The author of the article says “Resistance training has a favourable effect on metabolic syndrome since it decreases fat mass including abdominal fat.”
Just in case you haven’t heard of the term “resistance training” it basically means exactly the same as weight training/Lifting or Strength Training – exercising your muscles using an opposing force i.e dumbbells.
Jan Sundell goes on to say “Studies demonstrate that regular progressive resistance training develops the strength and size of muscles and increases bone mass from young male athletes to older women. In addition, resistance exercise might be even more beneficial than aerobic exercise for fat loss. Resistance training should be a central component of public health promotion programs along with an aerobic exercise.”
I completely agree always combine the two, aerobic and weights. Try to fit into your busy schedule at least 20 minutes of cardio activity every day, this could even include walking your dog – try to increase the pace a little with each walk – 20 mins on a bike be it indoors or outside. Personally, for my cardio, I use an exercise bike for 20 minutes a day plus dog walks.
Always a good idea to see where you are on the BMI chart, if you’re a little too low or too high then set your self some diet and training goals to get back to a normal BMI.
BMI is a calculation of a person’s weight in stone or kg’s divided by the square of his/her height in meters. Most of the time the BMI calculations are accurate but less so with children as it does not take into account their growing stages. Studies have also shown that there are inaccuracies for bodybuilders.
The BMI calculator will not be able to differentiate between a large body full of muscle or one of fat. Doctors like to use the BMI number to help judge your risk
- A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight
- A BMI 18.5 – 24 is normal
- A BMI 25 – 29.9 is overweight
BMI30 or above is obese
Please try the BMI calculator below.
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