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 strenth training program lost significantly more fat than those who did not.
Strenth training can definitely help you lose weight and and reduce the amount of total fat in your body. Strength training builds muscle and muscle uses up a lot more energy (translation – burns more fat) than other organs in the body. Adding strength training to your weight loss routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
When we talk about strength training, that doesn’t mean that you have to use weights. You can use your own body weight to do squats, lunges and pushups. You can also use a resistance band like a pilates band or you could use a resistance tube. All these will increase your muscle mass which will make you stronger for everyday living even as it helps you melt away that fat.
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