This myth is one of the main reasons why people fail to develop a lean fat fighting calorie burning machine out of their bodies. Contrary to popular belief, weight training is not just for body builders and anyone who is serious about losing fat should include it within thier exercise regime. You need to focus on more that just cardiovascular workouts.
With images in their heads of huge muscle clad bodies prancing around the free weight room, newbies to the World of fat loss exercise stay clear of anything that looks like weight training for fear of taking on this appearance themselves. This is especially true of the ladies.
The real story though is that if you are looking for a toned, lean muscle bound low fat body then intense weight training is exactly what you should be doing. There is one simple reason why weight training is important for lat loss, and that is that it promotes the development and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
Why do you want to promote the development of lean muscle mass? I’ll tell you.
First. Muscle tissue is what we call metabolically active. The percentage amount of your body which is made up of lean muscle tissue has a direct effect on the amount of calories your body burns even when you are resting. This is known as the basal metabolic rate. The mitochondria in your muscles, which is where nutrients you take in are converted into energy are stimulated when you train intensely with weights. The more they are stimulated then the more energy they require which means they burn up more nutrients. In other words the more lean muscle tissue your body consists of then the more fat you will lose.
Second. A nicely defined muscle toned body looks good! Surely one of the main reasons for losing fat is to end up looking good in the mirror or on the beach. If you don’t develop a decent amount of lean muscle tissue then you will end up with a smaller body which consists of less fat but it won’t have that fit and healthy look that comes from having cut muscle definition. So, low body fat levels is good, of course it is, but you also need to have a good amount of muscular development to go along with it.
Ok, so now you’re thinking that what I started out by saying at the beginning of this myth has been contradicted by what I just said about muscle development being crucial aren’t you?. You’re back to thinking that I want you to bulk up like a night club bouncer aren’t you? Well, get that image out of your head right now! The truth is that muscle development happens over a long period of time, not overnight. You will see changes to your body shape happen gradually and you will come to anticipate what is happening to your body well before it actually takes place. This is especially true for you ladies out there because as we have seen before, muscle development is primarily triggered by the hormone testosterone which is present in the female body in much lower quantities. Unless you are incredibly gifted at a genetic level then the fear of becoming a bulky mass of muscle is just completely irrational and you should not worry about it at all.
So, in conclusion, if you want to lose fat quicker and end up with a great looking toned and cut body that you would be proud to show off on the beach then it is essential that intense weight training exercise becomes part of your fitness regime.