Resistance training trumps aerobics for most effective fat burning
Most people have only one thing on their mind when they join a gym or approach a personal trainer - fat-loss. With more than half of the adult population registering as overweight it is no wonder that fat loss is such a hot topic.
It's simple, really. We used to think that cardiovascular training was the quickest and most effective way to shed unwanted pounds. Aerobics, jogging, swimming and biking were the activities to turn to when we wanted to slim down.
Boy, were we misled
The idea was that when you perform low level aerobic exercise your body relied on calories from fat. Sounds good, right? Well, there were a couple of major limitations with this methodâ€¦
First of all you only burn fat calories while the aerobics are performed. If you do twenty minutes, then you only burn for twenty minutes; if you do two hours, then you only burn for two hours.
Secondly, if you are overzealous with aerobics your body actually eats away at lean tissue, leaving you with lowered calorie requirements. Ever wonder why you eat the same amount but still put on pounds? A loss in lean tissue will do that to you every time.
So where does this leave you?
Lucky for us, we live in a time of great scientific discovery with tools and statistics that give us the cutting edge in our quest for a slimmer, sexier body. And science has given us the solution for optimal F.A.T. B.U.R.N.
The Solution: Resistance training
You have probably heard about the many benefits of resistance training. Here are just a few:
- Increase in muscle strength
- Injury prevention
- Improved bone density
But what about F.A.T. B.U.R.N.? Here are the two reasons that resistance training is the most effective way to B.U.R.N. F.A.T.
1. Oxygen Debt
Now I know debt isn't usually a word that we enjoy - but in this case I'm sure you will agree that it's a great thing. Resistance training puts your body into oxygen debt which means you will B.U.R.N. F.A.T. as you recover from your workout. And this effect can last quite awhile - studies have shown an increase in calorie burning for up to three days following a resistance training workout.
2. Lean Tissue Burns More
The other way that F.A.T. B.U.R.N. is accomplished with resistance training is through an increase in your resting metabolism. You see, lean tissue (muscle) requires many more calories each day than fatty tissue. In fact, one pound of muscle burns 30-50 calories each day at rest - compared to a measly 9 calories per pound of fat.
When you perform resistance training exercises your body composition will change to contain more lean tissue, thus resulting in extra calories burned while you sleep. What could be better than that?
Resistance training is truly worth your time - talk about an exercise that keeps on giving.
Wouldn't you love to reap the rewards of a solid resistance training program by waking up slimmer every morning? I love nothing more than to see my clients achieve awesome results - clients just like you, who decided to change their shape forever by giving me a call.
Do something nice for yourself - contact me today - together we will turn you into a F.A.T.B.U.R.N.I.N.G. machine.
Courtesy of Fitness Master, Personal Trainer
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