This myth is one of the main reasons why people fail to develop a lean fat-fighting calorie-burning machine out of their bodies. Contrary to popular belief, weight training is not just for bodybuilders, and anyone serious about losing fat should include it within their exercise regime. You need to focus on more than just cardiovascular workouts.
With images in their heads of massive muscle clad bodies prancing around the free weight room, newbies to the World of fat loss exercise stay clear of anything that looks like weight training for fear of taking on this appearance themselves. That is especially true of the ladies.
The real story though, is that if you are looking for a toned, lean muscle bound low-fat body, then intense weight training is precisely what you should be doing. There is a straightforward reason why weight training is essential for lat loss, and that is that it promotes the development and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
Why do you want to promote the development of lean muscle mass? I’ll tell you.
Firstly, muscle tissue is what we call metabolically active. The percentage amount of your body, which is made up of lean muscle tissue, has a direct effect on the number of calories your body burns even when you are resting. That is known as the basal metabolic rate. The mitochondria in your muscles, which is where nutrients you take in are converted into energy, are stimulated when you train intensely with weights. The more they are stimulated then, the more energy they require, which means they burn up more nutrients. In other words, the more lean muscle tissue your body consists of then, the more fat you will lose.
Secondly, a nicely defined muscle toned body looks good! Undoubtedly one of the main reasons for losing fat is to end up looking good in the mirror or on the beach. If you don’t develop a decent amount of lean muscle tissue, then you will end up with a smaller body that consists of less fat, but it won’t have that fit and healthy look that comes from having cut muscle definition. So, low body fat levels are good, of course, it is, but you also need to have the right amount of muscular development to go along with it.
Ok, so now you’re thinking that what I started by saying at the beginning of this myth has been contradicted by what I just said about muscle development being crucial, aren’t you?. You’re back to thinking that I want you to bulk up like a night club bouncer, aren’t you? Well, get that image out of your head right now! The truth is that muscle development happens over a long period of time, not overnight.
You will see changes to your body shape happen gradually, and you will come to anticipate what is happening to your body well before it takes place. That is especially true for you ladies out there because, as we have seen before, muscle development is primarily triggered by the hormone testosterone, which is present in the female body in much lower quantities. Unless you are incredibly gifted at a genetic level, then the fear of becoming a bulky mass of muscle is just completely irrational, and you should not worry about it at all.
So, in conclusion, if you want to lose fat quicker and end up with a great looking toned and cut body that you would be proud to show off on the beach, then it is essential that intense weight training exercise becomes part of your fitness regime.
This is “Myth #7″ in our “8 Myths of weight loss” series. To read the previous Myths, click on the following links –
Fat Loss Myth $6 – Exercise Slowly and Burn Fat Faster
Fat Loss Myth $5 – A Fat Burning Diet Requires No Exercise
Fat Loss Myth #4 – Lose the Carbs, Lose the Fat?
Fat Loss Myth #3 – Lose Fat by Eating Less Fat?
Fat Loss Myth #2 – Lose Fat by Eating Less?
Fat Loss Myth #1 – Drop the Calories, Drop the Fat?