Have a friend who is overweight. He just joined a gym. He asked me, “Should I start my workout by doing only cardiovascular exercise? Someone told me that I should only do weight training after I lose weight.”
Not really. Lifting weights will not only help losing body fat, but maintain the loss.
Muscle keeps our metabolism at high rate so that we can burn more body fat.
When we lose weight, up to 25% of the loss may come from muscle, resulting in a slower metabolism. By doing strength training, our muscles are preserved.
Run, jog or swim, we need muscles. Muscle helps us with aerobic exercise. The stronger you are, the better you will be at any aerobic activity.
When one just starts doing weight training, the scale may show a slight weight gain. Not to worry, this weight is from the muscles gained. Trust me, you probably won’t look heavier. Take your body fat measurement and you will know what I meant. In fact, your clothes may even fit more loosely.So, if you are a beginner, try weight training too in addition to your cardiovascular exercise.
Category: Weight Training
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