Why weights help you burn fat faster

Hi Guys,

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, sunning myself in Thailand. When I’m on holiday, I like to relax, eat plenty of the local cuisine and enjoy the occasional (?) beer. A holiday is no place to feel guilty about what you eat and drink. But now I’m back, it’s time for me to get back in the gym and work off some of that holiday excess.

For me, that means a blitz of High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T), which I talked about last time, but also lifting some weights. Because I truly believe that’s the best way to burn fat and get a better, leaner body.

WeightsNow I know what you’re going to say, because I hear it every day… “But if I lift weights won’t I just get big and bulky?

The answer to that is NO.

Most people associate lifting weights with bodybuilding. But you have to remember that bodybuilding is an exact science. Bodybuilders train for hours on end, follow meticulous diets and take numerous supplements to achieve their extraordinary physiques.

For normal folks like you and me, lifting weights is a fantastic way to tone up, burn off body fat and get a better body. And girls, don’t worry. To build muscle you need one thing in abundance: testosterone. The female body doesn’t produce enough to get big and bulky, so using weights will make you look more like Angelina than Arnie.

Seven good reasons to use weights:

1. You burn more calories. Weight training tones your muscles which looks great and raises your basal metabolism. So you’ll burn more calories, and hence more body fat, for hours after your workout. You'll even burn calories while you're sleeping.

2. You build functional strength. Everyday activities, whether it’s DIY, gardening or even picking up the kids will be much easier if you tone and strengthen your muscles. Strength gives you confidence and makes daily activities easier.

3. You can fight off the middle-age spread. As you get older, your metabolism naturally declines, which is why we can’t eat the same things at 30, which we could at 20, without gaining weight. Weight training helps you reverse this trend.

4. You get a stronger core. Keeping your abs tight when lifting weights is just as effective as cranking out hundreds of sit-ups. It’s also more time-efficient, as you can tone up your muscles and your mid-section at the same time.

5. You improve your posture. Many of us now spend a lot of time working in front of a computer screen. As a result, many of us start to get that “stoop” from hunching over the desk all day. Weight training corrects this, keeping your posture tall and proud. You’ll also be less susceptible to lower-back problems.

6. You’ll fight off disease. Weight training has been proven to benefit your heart and reduces your risk of developing adult onset diabetes. It also strengthens your bones decreasing your risk of developing osteoporosis as you get older.

7. You stay motivated. I’m not a fan of long, boring slogs on the treadmill. By using weights you can set yourself goals, monitor your progress and see the difference in the mirror your training is making to your physique.

So if you want to get quick results, try and incorporate some weight training into your fitness routine. If you don’t feel confident enough then ask an instructor for advice. The better your technique, the better your results.

As ever, please pass this on to anyone who you think would benefit from this. And if you want to know more about Absolute PT, and get more FREE advice, check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/AbsolutePT

Take it easy,

Founder, Absolute PT

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