Many people exercise with the specific goal of losing weight. Exercise is a great way to burn calories, so it can help you generate the calorie deficit necessary to lose body fat. However, when it comes to choosing the best type of exercise to lose weight, most people assume that you really have to focus on cardio. While cardio exercise such as running, cycling, rowing, swimming, and stair climbing can all be great ways to burn calories, it’s also possible to lose weight by lifting weights. If you tend to gravitate towards strength training more than cardio workouts but still want to lose weight, keep reading to learn how to lose weight by strength training.
Can you lose weight by lifting weights? One of the top weight loss tips that any health and fitness expert will recommend is to incorporate exercise into your weight loss program. Most people assume that this means cardio exercise rather than strength training, as it’s somewhat counterintuitive that you can lose weight lifting weights. After all, the goal of strength training is often to build muscle mass, and if you’re increasing your muscle mass, your body weight will increase.
However, this assumption does not take into account that as long as you follow a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and do the right type of strength training workouts, you can burn calories through weightlifting workouts and lose weight at the same time.
Excerpted from the Manual