Yes and yes and yes again. Strength training, commonly known as resistance training, is associated with building bigger muscles more often than it is with weight loss. The misconception (and it is a misconception) that strength training is only useful for entering the Strongest Man in the World competition or building muscle has led to many women and men shunning an extremely useful weight-loss tool and essential part of a complete workout.
Your body gets strong, not just your biceps
Strength training is an important part of weight loss as well as in long-term weight control for women as much as men. The primary reason for both of these benefits is that strength training decreases fat while improving the quality of the muscle you have, especially when combined with a nutritious diet. Stronger (not necessarily bigger) muscles are really important to being healthy. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, which means that the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn just by being alive.
One study showed that a strength-training program that put on 3 pounds of muscle and took off 4 pounds of fat increased the subjects’ metabolic rate by about 7 percent. That’s the equivalent to burning an extra 120 calories per day, every day.
Crunching the numbers a bit (a pound of fat is about 3,500 calories), in a single year, using 120 calories more every day means you would lose more than 12 pounds. That’s weight you lose because your excess fat is being used up by the muscles you improved through strength training.
Your health is interconnected
There are myriad ways in which each area of your health influences the others. When it comes to strength training and weight loss, apart from burning more calories, strength training improves some important biomarkers in your body, such as how efficiently your body uses insulin. Improving insulin efficiency and other biomarkers is a key part of the Olumia Life program. The main reason for this involves all the benefits to weight loss and your overall health resulting from your body using insulin appropriately.
Weight loss isn’t all you can look forward to when strength training. When you improve the quality of the muscle in your body, you are also benefitting a surprising amount of other aspects of your health. Strength training has been shown to promote long life, improve memory and increase your resistance to disease, like diabetes and heart disease.
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