Everyone’s weight loss path is different. A diet and exercise plan that delivers amazing results for one person may barely work or not work at all for someone else. But there are a few techniques that consistently help people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and health profiles lose and keep off weight. Weight training has been shown to aid weight loss efforts in a number of ways, from raising your resting metabolism to helping your body burn more fat. When combined with other proven weight loss tools, weight training can turn your body into an efficient fat-burning machine that continues to work long after you’ve actually left the weight room. If you’re ready to create your own personalized weight loss program with the help and support of dedicated weight-loss professionals, James Stalker, DC, and our team at East Bay Wellness offer a number of tools and programs to help you achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals.
The Benefits of Weight Training for Weight Loss
If you haven’t tried weight training before or think it isn’t for you, here are a few reasons to consider adding weights to your workouts so that you can shed unwanted pounds.
Weight training helps you burn more calories (during and after your workout)
Because muscle burns more calories than fat and strength training increases the body’s resting metabolic rate, your muscles continue to reap the benefits of a strength training workout even after you’ve left the gym. Though going for a run or other cardio-intensive workouts may burn more calories than a session in the weight room, lifting weights helps your body burn fat more efficiently in both the short and long term.
You need more than cardio - especially to burn belly fat
This may come as a shock to many people, but according to a Harvard study, if you need to lose visceral (belly fat), spot exercises like sit-ups, which target muscles but not fat cells, are not enough. Just two weekly sessions of 20 minutes worth of weight lifting can help to trim the waistline and lower some of the health risks associated with visceral fat, from diabetes to cancer.
Stronger muscles lower your risk of injuries
Nothing can throw off your weight loss goals like an injury, which can potentially sideline you for weeks or even months at a time. Adding strength training and resistance to your workout routine creates a stronger core and muscles, which improves everything from your flexibility and balance to how well your joints hold up under pressure.
In addition to the direct physical benefits, strength training also provides a number of secondary health and lifestyle benefits that can also affect your ability to lose and keep off extra weight. A few more benefits of strength training include:
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Helps to keep your blood sugar stable
- May lower risk of depression and anxiety
- Better cognitive function as you age
- Increases and preserves bone density
Like the weight loss process itself, strength training has a number of benefits that can ripple across many areas of your life.
A successful weight loss plan is built on lifestyle improvements that work with and for your body and its unique needs. East Bay Wellness can help you get there safely and successfully without torturing yourself or wasting time on diets and programs that don’t make sense for you. To learn more, call us at 925-226-8335 to schedule an appointment over the phone. You can also request an appointment online.