Don’t know where to start? That’s OK! If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably know that you need to burn more calories than you take in. You might start thinking the only way to accomplish that is to sign up for the most intense bootcamp class you can find or run until sweat is dripping off your forehead and nose.
I have great news for you then! You don’t need to do anything THAT DRASTIC… what YOU need to do is find a weight loss program that incorporates weights and cardio.
While it is true that cardio workouts can help you get the negative calorie deficit you need, strength training is what’s really going to give your weight-loss goals that extra boost.
Why? When you lift weights, your body is working on building LEAN MUSCLE. When you have a high amount of lean muscle, your body burns more calories at rest. The more muscles you have, the more energy your body expends. Now for most people, namely women, you will need to get the ‘I’ll be too bulky if I lift weights’ mentality out of your head. IT’S NOT TRUE! Women only produce about 5 to 10 percent the amount of testosterone men do, limiting their muscle-building potential when compared to men.