Why should I lift weights to help me lose weight?

For many people looking to lose weight, cardio is usually the go-to. But what if I told you that, actually, lifting weights is the way to go? If you’re worried that lifting weights is going to result in you looking like the hulk or looking ‘bulky’ then I’m here to tell you exactly why this is a huge misconception, and why weight training is an ideal way to lose weight and get in shape.

  1. Lifting weight can help you to lose more fat. Studies have shown that lifting weights can help you burn up to 40% more fat. Where cardio can help you lose weight too, you’ll be burning fat AND muscle, whereas lifting can help you to lose much more fat alone.

  3.  You’ll burn more calories. Lifting weights increases the number of calories you burn, even when you’re not exercising. After each strength workout, your muscles need energy to repair themselves, meaning you’ll burn more calories from lifting than cardio alone.

  5. You’ll get into shape faster. Circuit training with weights raises your heart rate higher than if you run at 60-70% of your max heart rate – so lifting strengthens your muscles AND provides cardiovascular benefits similar to those from aerobic exercise.

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