When people start a weight loss program on their own, many unknowingly follow myths. They end up getting discouraged, losing self-esteem, and quitting before seeing any results. Part of the myth surrounds strength training.
Below are three myths and truths about strength training.
Strength Training Will Make Me Bulk
Not necessarily – especially for women. The truth is that women can’t physiologically bulk because they don’t have enough testosterone to do so. What strength training does is increase lean muscle mass and tones your body. Lifting weights, along with cardio exercise, helps you tone your body. And as an added bonus, reduces your risk for heart diseases.
I Can Spot Reduce Certain Parts Of My Body
According to Yale Scientific. Org: “In a 2007 study led by the University of Connecticut, 104 participants completed a twelve-week supervised resistance-training program in which their non-dominant arm was selectively exercised. MRI assessments of subcutaneous fat before and after the program revealed that fat loss tended to be generalized, rather than only occurring in the trained arm.”
To effectively and safely lose weight, you need a combination of cardio and strength training that targets the whole body. Not just a specificbody part.
I Need To Do A Lot Of Cardio To Lose Weight
The truth is that you need a balance of strength training and cardio. Why? Strength training keeps your metabolism revved up.When you start a weight training program, you increase your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). RMR is the rate your body uses the nutrients you eat to maintain itself. Gaining lean muscle mass requires that the body use more calories. This is not a license to eat more though. A good nutrition program is needed paired with a balanced exercise program to help you reach your weight loss goals faster.
A physician supervised weight loss program can help you reach your weight loss goals by making it a lifestyle. All you need is commitment.