Strength training may reduce the amount of fat generally as well as inside the abdomen according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This is particularly true for premenopausal women who are overweight or obese.
A group of overweight/obese women of various ethnic backgrounds were assigned to either have supervised strength training twice a week for 2 years or to have a brochure recommending 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. The women were age 25 to 44 years, non-smokers with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 35. At the end of the study the women who had gone through the strength training program lost significantly more fat than those who did not.
Strength training can definitely help you lose weight and and reduce the amount of total fat in your body. It builds muscle which uses up a lot more energy (translation – burns more fat) than other organs in the body. Stronger muscles also help support your bones, e.g in your spine, so that you’re less likely to have back pain or to have falls.
Adding strength training to your weight loss routine is something you can’t do without. A good way to start is to get a strength training video so that you will be shown the correct way to lift. This will stop you from hurting yourself.
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