Many women are under the impression that any type of weight bearing exercise will bulk them up - adding too much muscle to be attractive. In fact, the opposite is true.
Muscle building for fat loss is possible, and adding muscle will, in fact, help your body to burn fat more quickly. Adding muscle to your frame helps you to secure a lean, toned appearance. You'll be stronger, and more flexible.
When practicing muscle building for fat loss, it is key to remember that you may not lose weight as quickly as with cardio alone. However, you are burning fat more quickly. Muscle has weight, too, and you are replacing fatty pounds with muscular ones. However, if you are overweight, your weight will still drop. In either case, your percentage of body fat will drastically decrease, and you will lose inches from your hips, thighs, and waist.
When you decide to add muscle building exercises to your daily routine, start with a low amount of weight and a high number of repetitions. When you see those big bulky guys in the gym lifting weights - they're doing the opposite. For bulk, you'd want a high amount of weight, lifted a few times. Low weight, high reps will lead to long, lean muscle and an overall toned appearance.
As you practice muscle building for fat loss techniques, it is still important to eat healthfully. Working out in the gym and then going home to load up on cookies and chips is unhealthy, and unproductive. Remember, it is much easier to avoid calories in the first place than it is to burn them once you've eaten.
Muscle building will help you to achieve other healthful benefits, as well. Your posture will improve, as your core muscles become stronger. You'll have more energy, and be able to do more cardiovascular exercise as your body strength grows. Working out will become easier and easier, as you become stronger and stronger.
When you begin add muscle building for fat loss into your workout, you may be sore. If this occurs, be sure to stretch before and after your workout. Remember, your hard work will pay off! You're decreasing your body fat percentage, which improves your overall health. You're improving your posture, and building a stronger, healthier body. It's a proven fact - muscle building for fat loss works!
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Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.
Evangeline has taken part in competitive sports since a young age. As a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor, she understands the importance of proper nutrition for fuelling extreme and endurance sports, especially due to her experience in Team GBR Squads and captaining and coaching her University first team.
In her spare time, Evangeline loves running – especially marathons. On the weekends, you’ll find her taking on water sports or hiking up a hill. Her favourite evenings are spent taking on a HIIT session or squats in the gym before digging into some spicy food and a ton of vegetables – yum!
Find out more about Evie's experience here.