January 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm #678PredatorParticipant
Although any type of execise is beneficial to losing body fat, lifting weight (resistance training) is by far the most important factor for changing body shape. Not only does it help to tone your muscles, (which other forms of exercise doesn’t) but plays an integral role in promoting fat loss. The reason for this is that the metabolic properties of muscle tissue. Muscle is the most metabolically active (burns calories) tissue in the body. For each pound of muscle you carrry, you burn an additional 50 calories per day, and you burn these calories on a continual basis even whilst lying on the settee watching the TV.
So if you put on an extra five pounds of lean muscle tissue you would burn an additional 1750 calories per week, regardless of activity level. Assuming that the food intake remained constant, those extra 5lb’s of muscle would result in a fat loss of approx 23 lb in one year..!
Also resistance training promotes a significant higher level of calories burnt after training, this is called excess postexercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Even greater than cardio training, with effects lasting for more than 30 hours. So although you may not expend as much energy during exercise performance, weight training allows you to burn a greater amount of body fat in total.
August 8, 2013 at 11:26 am #1196kenneth26Participant
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It sounds great! I have never tried weight lifting before. I want to make myself in proper shape. So does weight lifting also helps me to get in shape?January 3, 2014 at 6:47 am #1256amanda_simonParticipant
Thanks for the info 🙂 I agree weight lifting increases your metabolic rate short term and long term, which means that your body is going to burn more calories while at rest.March 13, 2014 at 6:21 am #876RoyParticipant
Agree with you and like to say although lifting weight indirectly contributes to burn fat and the effective way to burn fat is to participate in a daily fitness routine of strengthening and cardiovascular exercises both.May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am #1221jorge_369Participant
Great and Informative shared. Yes, it is true that lifting weight helps burn fat. :smile2
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