January 23, 2004, Newsletter Issue #170: Should you weight train to lose weight?

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That weight training makes you bulky is an old school adage that seems to outdated to discuss. But it still arises on occasion, so I thought I`d address it quickly.

Gaining mass through weight training is possible but takes work. For those trying to gain muscle mass, you must eat not only in excess of your body weight`s caloric necessity, but also to offset the tremdous breakdown that`s occuring in the muscle and enough for your body to add extra muscle. Possible, of course, but work.

For losing body fat and shrinking your physique, it is extremely efficient to weight train. Most people with excess body fat have slow metabolic rates. Adding muscle will increase this because sustaining muscle mass takes makes the body work harder. Given that muscle weighs more than twice that of fat, adding muscle will burn fat so that you will shrink at the same weight. I know one professional athlete that gained 15lbs and went from a size 12 to a size 4! And once this body compostition change begins, it becomes much much easier to lose weight as well, if that`s you goal.

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